- Sen. Bernie Sanders on Wednesday saved a young woman from getting hit by a car in Washington, DC.
- Amy Currotto, 26, said she was in “complete awe” to see Sanders shouting at her to get out of the street.
- Currotto said the senator was “very, very kind” and even obliged her request for a selfie.
Amy Currotto was deep in thought as she headed to a guitar lesson on Capitol Hill on Wednesday and wasn’t paying attention as she started to cross a busy intersection.
She was walking straight into oncoming traffic when Sen. Bernie Sanders stepped in and saved the day.
“Sen. Sanders was apparently behind me,” Currotto told Business Insider. “He didn’t grab me or anything,” she said, but started shouting, “Ma’am! Ma’am!”
As she turned around, Currotto was so shocked to see that the panicked screams were emanating from the former presidential candidate that she froze like a deer in headlights.
“I did not immediately get off the street, even though there was a ton of oncoming traffic, because I was in awe to see him,” she said. “He tried to continue to bring me onto the footpath and was like, ‘Ma’am, you’ve got to get off of the street! You’ve got to get off of the street!'”
After a few more seconds of being in “complete awe,” Currotto got back to safety thanks to Sanders.
Once she was back on the footpath, Currotto asked the Vermont senator if she could take a selfie with him, and he obliged. She said Sanders was quite “concerned” about her standing in the street and was “very, very kind.”
“So that’s a bit of an embarrassing story for me, because I was being a complete idiot in the middle of oncoming traffic,” Currotto said, laughing.
After they took the photo, Sanders apparently “bolted” toward the Senate as people started to notice that he was in the area and a crowd began to gather.
Currotto, a law student at the University of the District of Columbia from Tampa, Florida, said she was a big fan of Sanders.
She said she worked as an intern on the Hill in the House of Representatives a few summers ago and was disappointed that she never ran into Sanders then. On Wednesday, Currotto finally got her chance to meet him.
Currotto said that if she hadn’t been so surprised to see him and had more time, she would have asked him whether he would run for president again in 2020, a topic of ongoing speculation.
“It was crazy cool that I got to meet him, because I’ve always wanted to. But it happened really, really fast. I wish I could’ve asked more questions,” Currotto said. “I would like to know if he’s really thinking about running!”
Sanders apparently didn’t tell his staffers about what happened as he returned to his office on Wednesday, but they eventually found out via social media after Currotto posted the selfie and it went viral.
The caption of Currotto’s Facebook post said: “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. (He is also much taller than me so awkward picture.)”
The senator’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the incident.
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