• 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 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 sidewalk 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 said Sanders successfully got her to come back to safety.

Once she was back on the sidewalk, Currotto asked the Vermont senator if she could take a selfie with him and he obliged. Sanders was quite “concerned” about her standing in the street and “very, very kind,” Currotto said.



(Amy Currotto/Facebook)

“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 took notice that he was in the area and a crowd began to gather.

Currotto, originally from Tampa, Florida, and currently a law student at the University of the District of Columbia, said she’s a big fan of Sanders.

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 during that time. On Wednesday, Currotto finally got her chance to meet him.

If she hadn’t been so surprised to see him and had more time, Currotto said she would’ve asked him if he’s going to run for president again in 2020 given the ongoing speculation on this topic.


“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 reportedly didn’t say anything about what happened to his staffers as he returned to his office on Wednesday, but they eventually found out via social media after Currotto posted the selfie she took and it went viral.

The senator’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the incident.