It was lunch time in the city. Sally and two of her colleagues left their office
and walked towards their favorite restaurant a short distance away. Sally had a
handbag slung over her shoulder.
At a crossing, they waited for the light to
turn green. When it did, Sally, her colleagues and many other people crossed
over to the other side of the road. Suddenly from the traffic that had stopped
at the crossing, a motorcycle leapt forward. Two men were on it. In a flash,
they were beside Sally and the pillion rider
grabbed her handbag. The force of the grab sent Sally tumbling to the ground.
The strap broke and the pillion rider held the handbag in his hand. The rider
turned the throttle and the motorcycle sped off down the road, weaving between
other vehicles in their rush to get away.
Fortune did not favor the thieves. A few seconds later, they crashed into a
tanker in the middle of the road. The two men were sent flying, hitting other
vehicles before falling on the road. They lay motionless.
The whole sequence of events occurred in less than fifteen seconds. In that
time, two distracted drivers crashed into the vehicles in front of them. Finally
all traffic stopped. Some men rushed to the thieves and pulled them to the
Sally sat on the kerb with her colleagues by her side. She was badly shaken
by the whole incident. She had some cuts and bruises on her body. Otherwise she
was all right.