ARTICLES ABOUT MARK KNOPFLER'S 2003 ACCIDENT
Tuesday, 18 March, 2003, 10:43 GMT
Mark Knopfler hurt in crash
Knopfler was riding a Honda motorbike when he was involved in a collision with a Fiat Punto car on Monday. The 53-year-old singer and guitarist suffered a broken collar bone and six broken ribs in the accident which happened in London's smart Belgravia district in mid-morning traffic. A Scotland Yard spokeswoman said: "Police were called by a member of the public at 10.49am yesterday to reports of a road traffic collision in Grosvenor Road, London SW1, near the junction with Claverton Street.
"It is believed a red Fiat Punto motor car was in collision with a Honda motorcycle." Knopfler was taken by ambulance to St Thomas' Hospital in central London where he was treated for his injuries. A hospital spokesman said he was in a stable condition and had been discharged from the hospital by 6pm. The car's female driver was unhurt in the crash, police said.
30 million sales
Knopfler enjoyed a string of hits with 1980s group Dire Straits including Sultans of Swing and Money for Nothing. The band is probably best known for its album Brothers in Arms, which sold more than 30 million copies worldwide. Knopfler has also written the soundtrack to five films, including The Princess Bride and Local Hero. He is due to begin a European concert tour in April. Other celebrities who have suffered recent motorcycle crashes include Liam Neeson, who suffered a broken pelvis after crashing into a deer near his New York state home in July 2000. Keanu Reeves nearly died after falling off his motorbike in 1997. He spent several weeks on crutches.
Wednesday, 18 August, 2004, 12:01 BST by Judith Woods
'She could have asked how I was'
After he was knocked off his motorbike, guitarist Mark Knopfler had time to reflect on what makes him happy. Judith Woods meets him.
Just under 18 months ago, Mark Knopfler's
career was almost destroyed by a motorcycle accident. The 55-year-old former
Dire Straits guitarist was hurled straight into the air when a motorist
suddenly turned right, without indicating, on the Embankment in London.
Knopfler, who had been moving to overtake on his 800cc Honda touring bike,
was left with nine broken bones; his collarbone, right shoulder and seven
ribs. Unable to play the guitar for seven months, he needed more than a year
of physiotherapy to regain mobility. The details of the collision, as
recounted in the subsequent court case, were dramatic; the terrible moment
of impact, Knopfler thudding to earth on his back, as the bike skidded five
metres along the road after impact, fellow motorists leaping from their
cars, rushing to help. Knopfler has a reputation for being a rather mellow
chap, but to hear his almost perversely low-key account of the incident, one
could be forgiven for thinking he'd pranged the front wheel of his mountain
Back at home, in Chelsea, with his third
wife, Kitty, and their two daughters, Isabella, aged six, and
eight-month-old Katya, Knopfler spent the next few weeks sitting in a
"grandad armchair" in the sitting room. "There was nothing heroic about the
recovery process, I just had to sit still and wait for the bones to heal.
The worst part was trying not to sneeze or laugh, because it was horribly
painful if I did," he says. "I was getting treatment from my
physiotherapist, who is also training to be an osteopath and an
acupuncturist, so I felt really spoiled."