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Sen. Bernie Sanders helps woman avoid getting hit by a car on Capitol Hill

(Courtesy of Amy Currotto)

A UDC law student wanted to meet U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders for years, but she never thought it would be when he was trying to save her from getting hit by a car.

Amy Currotto, who also sings opera at Georgetown Law School, says it happened early Wednesday evening on Capitol Hill.

Amy was in a wheelchair trying to cross busy Massachusetts Avenue, SE, where it intersects with C and 4th streets.

“I went straight past Senator Sanders, and kind of actually recognized him a little bit from behind,” she said. “And as I went in front of him, I decided to turn around.”

What she saw was a very worried former presidential candidate.

“Before I could even say anything, he was just like, ‘Ma’am, ma’am, you’ve got to get off the street,’” she said. “And the only thing that could come out of my mouth was, ‘Oh my goodness, are you Senator Sanders?’ And he was just like, ‘Yes, but you have to get off the street.’”

Sanders was worried about traffic that was heading towards Currotto. She says she turned around and made her way back to him on the corner.

She quickly realized she didn’t want to forget the moment she had received help from such an unexpected source. And she says Sanders seemed to know what she wanted before she even asked.

“A crowd had began to form at that point, and he was like, ‘Well if we’re going to take a picture, we have do it really, really fast.’ So he indulged me with a selfie.”

Currotto posted the picture to Facebook, writing part of her message in capital letters:

“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.”

The post has now been shared thousands of times. Since she wasn’t hurt, Currotto says the incident wound up being a positive experience.

“I’m pretty glad it happened,” she said. “I’ve always wanted to meet Senator Sanders, so it’s kind of something I could cross of my D.C. bucket list.”

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