The Day Keith Moon Accidentally Ran Over and Killed His Chauffeur
One of the lesser known stories occurred on Jan. 4, 1970, when Neil Boland, who was Keith Moon's driver and bodyguard, was accidentally run over by Moon's Bentley.
Moon, his wife and several friends attended the opening of the Red Lion, a pub in Hatfield, Hertfordshire owned by the son of his neighbors. The pub was patronized by working-class skinheads, however, and they took offense to Moon's display of excessive rock-star wealth. He was, of course, driving a fancy car; worse than that, apparently, was his preference for expensive brandy over beer.
By closing time, the scene had gotten ugly. Moon's party entered his Bentley, but they were prevented from leaving by a group of patrons who began rocking the vehicle and throwing coins. Boland left the Bentley and confronted the skinheads in front of the car's hood. Moon, who didn't drive even when sober, nonetheless tried to save his friends and drove away to safety.
Tragically, neither he nor the other passengers realized that as the Bentley moved forward, Boland wound up underneath the Bentley and was dragged down the road. Boland was pronounced dead at the hospital that night.
Moon was charged with Boland's death, as well as drunk driving and driving without a license or insurance. Six weeks later, it was ruled that the death was an accident, clearing Moon, although he would later plead guilty to the driving charges. The tragedy continued to haunt Moon until his death on Sept. 7, 1978.
There are conflicting reports as to whether or not Moon was driving. Boland's daughter is convinced, through her own research, that Moon's wife Kim was behind the wheel. But Moon biographer Tony Fletcher later interviewed Jean Battye, one of the passengers in the car that night, and she confirmed that the drummer did, in fact, drive the car.