A man in his 40s has been arrested in connection which left Russell Brand’s mother hospitalised.
Barbara Brand, 71, had been travelling to the star’s home to babysit his 18-month-old daughter in his chauffeur-driven Audi A8 when the limo was struck by a car travelling on the wrong side of the road.
Mr Brand’s chauffeur and his mother were taken to hospital. The chauffeur has since been released although Mr Brand’s mother remains in hospital with serious injuries.
The star’s Audi A8 was badly damaged in the collision which closed the road for several hours yesterday.
Russell Brand’s mother Barbara (pictured right, in Los Angeles) was injured in a car crash on her way to the star’s home
The car was being driven by a chauffeur near Brentwood, Essex, when a Vauxhall Astra crossed onto the wrong side of the road and collided with the limo
The driver of the Astra is believed to have escaped from the scene in a white Volkswagen Golf
Essex Police confirmed they arrested a man in his 40s today on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.
The car was being driven by a chauffeur Mascalls Lane, Warley, Essex, when a Vauxhall Astra crossed onto the wrong side of the road and collided with the limo.
Barbara Brand, who had been on her way to babysit Brand’s 18-month-old daughter, was taken bleeding from the back of the car and put into an ambulance.
Brand’s chauffeur was also injured in the crash. He has since been released from hospital.
The pictures show the extent of the damage, with debris from the car’s being scattered across the road.
Sergeant Peter Swan, who is leading the investigation said: ‘We are in the initial stages of this investigation and have spoken to a number of witnesses.
‘If there is anyone who has not yet come forward but thinks they have information which could help us, we would like to hear from you.
‘We would especially like to speak to you if you saw a man leave the scene of the collision, possibly in a white car.’
The star cancelled his show, Russell Brand: Rebirth, in Aberdeen last night and rushed to his mother’s side following the crash.
According to a statement released by Aberdeen Performing Arts: ‘Due to a personal emergency Russell’s promoters regrettably announce the postponement of Russell’s tour date at His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen tonight.
‘Please keep hold of your tickets. Tickets holders will be contacted about the rescheduling of the show very soon.
‘We realise this will cause huge disappointment but we will do everything we can to reschedule the date and will be in touch with you soon.’
The driver of the Astra is believed to have escaped from the scene in a white Volkswagen Golf.
The star cancelled his show in Aberdeen and rushed to his mother’s side following the crash (pictured together left, leaving the Hackney Empire in London, and right, in London in 2012)
A witness of the crash said: ‘Russell’s mum was trapped inside. People got her out. ‘She was in pain and people got her out and laid her down. There was blood on the back of her head’
A witness told The Sun: ‘The Astra came round the corner and lost control. It went straight into the Audi.
‘The chauffeur got out and fell. Russell’s mum was trapped. She had a seatbelt across her chest. She was in pain and people got her out.
‘She was in a bad way, lying on a stretcher. She had blood coming from her nose and on the back of her head. We were talking to her, trying to keep her with it.’
The incident is believed to have happened around 11.40am.
Writer Matthew Todd tweeted Brand to say that he was praying for his mother
The comedian (pictured in 2017) similarly cancelled a sold-out live show in 2014 after his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer for a second time
Mrs Brand was on her way to her son’s home to babysit Mabel.
A witness said he saw a black Vauxhall Astra hire car zoom around a bend before ploughing into the Audi, and then the man behind the wheel made a getaway on foot.
The passerby said: ‘Russell’s mum’s car was driving in front of my partner. Another car came round the bend on the right hand side of the road.
‘He lost control of it, hit the kerb and went onto the other side of the road where he hit the Audi.
‘The driver got out of the Audi and fell down on the road. Russell’s mum was trapped inside. People got her out.
‘She was in pain and people got her out and laid her down. There was blood on the back of her head.
‘The other driver got out of the passenger door as he was trapped. He staggered around. All the cars were queuing up behind him.
‘About two cars behind him in a white Golf were some people who got out and grabbed him. They got him out of the Astra and sped off.
‘They ran over, looked around and grabbed him and did a U-turn in their car.. The Astra car was a hire car, the police officer told me.
He added: ‘Russell’s mum was lying on the floor shaking. She was on the floor, she wasn’t really talking.
‘The chauffeur said he was on his way to take Russell’s mum over to Russell’s to babysit. The chauffeur was in a bad state, he was in real pain with his back and legs.’
Russell Brand embraces his mother Barbara as he arrives for the European premiere of the film Rock of Ages at Leicester Square, London in 2012
Barbara, who has a very close relationship with Russell, has previously beaten uterus cancer when the comedian was just eight, and breast cancer a year later
Mrs Brand was on her way to her son’s home to babysit Mabel. Police are currently searching for the driver of the Astra and the getaway driver
Brand’s fans have been sending their best wishes on to the star
Brand’s fans have been sending their best wishes on to the comedian and his mother on Twitter.
One wrote: ‘OMG Russell, just heard about your mum. Such scary news, I hope she’ll be okay soon! Lots of love to you all xxx.’
Writer Matthew Todd said: ‘Really sorry to hear of the awful crash. Praying your lovely mum and chauffeur get well very soon. Sending love, Matthew xxx.’
A spokesperson for Essex Police said: ‘We were contacted shortly after 11.40am on Thursday, April 26, with reports of a road traffic collision involving an Audi A8 and a Vauxhall Astra in Mascalls Lane, Warley.
‘The driver and passenger in the Audi, a man aged in his 40s and a woman aged in her 70s, were taken to hospital with injuries that were not believed to be life threatening.
‘The occupant of the Astra had left the scene before emergency services arrived and enquiries are ongoing to locate them. The road was closed until about 3pm.’
The comedian similarly cancelled a sold-out live show in 2014 after his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer for a second time.
He was due to perform at the Derby Assembly Rooms but made the decision to postpone the event in order to be with his family following the diagnosis.
Russell wrote on his Twitter page: ‘Sorry to eff you around with gigs. My mum ain’t well. Tix will be honoured or refunded.’
He later expanded on the illness during his YouTube show The Trews, saying: ‘My mother has currently got breast cancer.’
Barbara, who has a very close relationship with Russell, has previously beaten uterus cancer when the comedian was just eight, and breast cancer a year later.
Russell has long been a supporter of cancer awareness campaigns due to his family’s history with the disease.
Promoting the CoppaFeel! campaign in 2010, Russell appeared in a video with his mother encouraging women to check their breasts regularly for lumps.
With Barbara on camera with him, Russell is seen asking her, ‘You had breast cancer, didn’t you?’ To which she replies: ‘I did have breast cancer, yes.’
And when he asks her how she is now, Barbara replies: ‘I’m very, very well.’
Fans have been tweeting the comedian to say they are thinking of Brand and his mother
One wrote: ‘Such scary news, I hope she’ll be okay soon! Lots of love to you all xxx’
Comedian Russell Brand is pictured along with his wife Laura and their young daughter Mabel
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