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Knocked off her feet

It’s a familiar question heard at many social gatherings: how did you meet your husband? If you ask 34 year-old Wang Fengmei, she’d reply: “He ran me over on his motorbike.”

According to the Shanghai Daily, the fortuitous accident happened in Chongqing in March 2010. Wang was waiting on the street when future hubbie Wen Jiping crashed into her, breaking four of her ribs and damaging her spleen. In normal circumstances this would be grounds for a lawsuit demanding compensation. But the apologetic Wen didn’t flee the scene (hit-and-run style), instead making sure Wang got to the hospital. He then helped nurse her back to health. Wang, who was visiting Chongqing from Guizhou, fell in love with him as a result and they got married and had a daughter in 2011. The incident came to light last week, reports the Chongqing Morning Post, after the couple publicly thanked the policeman who was first to the site of the crash. Looking beyond the mangled bike and the felled pedestrian, he is said to have remarked: “You two look like a couple.” How right he was.

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