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Gerrard shocked after knocking down schoolboy

Liverpool and England midfielder Steven Gerrard on Tuesday visited the hospital bedside of a schoolboy after knocking him down in his car, leaving the footballer shocked.

sports Updated: Oct 02, 2007 22:37 IST

Liverpool and England midfielder Steven Gerrard on Tuesday visited the hospital bedside of a schoolboy after knocking him down in his car, leaving the footballer shocked.

Gerrard gave 10-year-old Jamie Hellawell a signed England shirt and football boots at the Alder Hey Hospital, a day after colliding with him in his Bentley near Southport, Merseyside in northwest England.

The boy's mother said Gerrard was visibly upset by the incident. "I was really shocked when my Dad came and told me that Jamie had been knocked down," said Helen Hellawell.

"I went straight to Grantham Road, where it happened. Steven was shocked and upset and was holding Jamie's hand. He was lovely and waited with us until the ambulance and police arrived," she added.

And she said: "Jamie is quite chirpy and is putting on a brave face. He was absolutely delighted that Steven came to visit him in hospital today and was speechless when he saw the special gifts that Steven had brought him."

A spokesman for the hospital said Hellawell had fractured his left tibia and fibula and was stable, but was being kept in for observation.

A spokesman for Gerrard said the footballer had been driving very slowly at the time of the collision, adding that he later went to a police station to make a statement about the incident.