Billie Piper questioned by police after crash with 16-year-old cyclist
Published 03/08/2014 | 17:22
Billie Piper is being questioned by police after a 16-year-old cyclist was taken to hospital with serious injuries following a collision with the actress.
Miss Piper, 31, was attempting a U-turn on a steep road behind King's Cross station in London when the cyclist slammed into her car at high speed.
The collision left the actress so traumatised that she was forced to pull out of her performance in West End play Great Britain just 15 minutes before it began.
Scotland Yard confirmed an investigation is continuing into the incident, which happened just before 4pm on Tuesday.
It is understood the bike was travelling downhill at significant speed when it slammed into the back of Miss Piper's car, throwing the boy to the ground.
The teenager was treated at the scene for a severe shoulder injury before being taken to University College Hospital, according to the Mail on Sunday.
Ms Piper, who was driving at under five miles an hour when the incident occurred, continued her journey to the National Theatre on London's Southbank.
However, after attempting to prepare for her performance, it was decided she was too shaken to appear on stage.
Her understudy, Jo Dockery, took over the role less than 15 minutes before the curtain was due to go up.
Theatregoers were told Miss Piper was "indisposed". She returned to the role the next evening.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "Police were called to Goods Way, King's Cross, by the London Ambulance Service at 15.56 hrs on Tuesday, July 29 to reports of a road traffic collision between a motor vehicle and a cyclist. The driver of the vehicle was female. Enquiries continue. No further details at this stage."
Miss Piper plays a shallow and ruthless news editor in Great Britain, a satire about phone hacking and the press directed by Richard Bean and launched just a week after the conclusion of the phone hacking trial.