The driver of the Ford Mondeo saw the lollipop lady prepare to step out into the road, as per her line of duty. Two schoolchildren crossed in front of her, chatting away happily.
As they reached the safety of the opposite pavement, the lollipop lady stood her ground. The Mondeo was still roaring towards her, if anything at a faster speed than before.
This happened most mornings on the school run; on each occasion that Mondeo had swerved to avoid her at the last second.
Today however, Miriam Rimming, lollipop lady of some thirty-two years, was not so lucky.