Bernie Sanders saves student from getting hit by a car and goes back to work like nothing happened
Sanders alerted a distracted Amy Currotto to the traffic around her as she made her way to her guitar lessons through a busy intersection.
While Bernie Sanders may have been denied the opportunity to change lives of millions of Americans through the presidency of the United States, the Vermont senator has ensured that little setback does not stop him from influencing those he meets around him. Case in point, the 77-year-old may have saved the life of a D.C. law student after he prevented her from being possibly hit by a car.
According to People, University District Columbia School of Law student Amy Currotto was on her way for her guitar lessons at the Capital Building, crossing the intersection when Sanders intervened and ensured she wasn't hit by oncoming traffic.
"I was crossing the intersection and walking into oncoming traffic, which I didn’t see because I was really focused on mentally preparing for my lesson," the 26-year-old student told People. "And I just heard Bernie Sanders call out to me, ‘Ma’am! Ma’am! Get off the street!'"
She said when she realized it was Sanders who had thrown her the warning, she was a little bit overawed and did not respond as quickly as she should have. She said, "I was in shock that it was Bernie Sanders, so I didn’t immediately get off the street like I probably should’ve. I’m asking him, ‘Oh my goodness, are you Bernie Sanders?’ And he’s like, ‘Yes, get off the street!'"
She said there were vehicles moving all around her as this interaction unfolded and that she felt "a little embarrassed because he seemed kind of concerned or agitated." But she added that the senator was "really, really nice" once she got off the street and onto the sidewalk.
Currotto, who is a self-proclaimed Sanders fan, said she was initially disappointed she did not get a chance to work alongside the former presidential candidate while she worked on Capitol Hill a few summers ago, but that it was "crazy" she had the opportunity to meet him randomly on a street corner.
She told People that Sanders told her to be more careful before then agreeing to take a picture with her. "I was about to ask him for a picture and he’s like, ‘Well, if we’re gonna take a picture, we’re going to have to do this fast,'" she said, explaining that the 77-year-out had to quickly leave because a crowd was forming in the area.
Despite describing the picture as "awkward" because of their height difference, Currotto took to Facebook to share her moment with Sanders, writing a caption in all caps that read, "Bernie Sanders I kid you not stopped me from getting hit by a car on my way to my guitar lesson so we took a selfie together."