A young woman died of head injuries in hospital Thursday morning after she fell from a motorbike while attempting to stop thieves from snatching her bag three days ago.
Le Thi Bich Tuyen, 24, was in a coma when she was admitted to Gia Dinh Hospital early on Monday. She was diagnosed with severe traumatic brain injury.
Two thieves on motorbikes grabbed Tuyen's bag as she was riding pillion on a motorbike taxi on Vo Thi Sau St., Dist. 1, at 5 a.m. that day, the taxi driver, Nguyen Hong Nam, said.
After the first thief failed to snatch it, the second one made another attempt that resulted in Tuyen losing her balance and falling to the ground, Nam said.
The thieves fled without the bag. Nam and some passers-by brought Tuyen to the hospital.
Local police are working on the case. Chairman of the HCMC People's Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong on Thursday asked the police to hunt down the snatchers.
Tuyen's relatives said she worked in HCMC to support her family in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap.
She was going to the bus station to return to her hometown for her father's anniversary when she was robbed, they said.