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Bernie Sanders Literally Saved Someone from a Possible Car Accident in Washington, D.C.

Bernie Sanders helps a young musician and law student from a possible car accident.

Duane Paul Murphy

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Bernie Sanders is currently America’s most popular senator. The self-described democratic socialist independent senator from Vermont and a former presidential candidate for the Democratic Party had a pretty significant week on Capitol Hill and in 2018 so far.

As a result of his fierce criticisms of Amazon and a proposed bill that would reduce corporate welfare used by the major online retailer and other big businesses, the company recently decided to raise its wages for its workers in Americas as well as Britain. Sanders also continues to fight against corporate interests when he introduced a bill on Wednesday, October 3, that would break up big banks and other financial institutions.

While Sanders was walking around his work in the nation’s capital, the 77-year-old elderly statesman actually saved a young female law school student’s life from a potential car accident on the streets.

On Wednesday, October 3, Amy Currotto, 26-year old musician and University of the District of Columbia (UDC) David A. Clarke School of Law student, was walking through a crosswalk near the Senate building on Capitol Hill while on her way to a local music shop called Music on the Hill. During that time while walking, she saw what appeared to be the senator in person.

“As I passed him, I had at the time somewhat recognized him and turned towards him while crossing,” Currotto said in an email interview to CMN. “He alerted me that there was traffic oncoming and I asked him whether he was Bernie Sanders. He said ” yes, but I need you to get off the road ma’am.” I did and we took a selfie together. He was very kind.”

The selfie went viral across social media, including Facebook and Twitter. D.C. news sites such as Washington Post and DCist provided coverage as well the Times of Israel and People Magazine.

Coincidentally, Currotto always wanted to meet and see the senator in person, and she never thought this particular incident would create such a memorable encounter.

“I had been wanting to meet Senator Sanders for a long time,” Currotto said. “I worked in the House of Representatives two summers ago and attended many meetings on the Senate side but unfortunately never met him. I was really excited to have run into him on the street, if only for a few seconds. It all happened very fast and wish I had more time to ask him questions about his political career. I have ambitions to enter into politics after graduating from law school and he is someone I very much admire.”

Besides her school work and musical art, she Currotto is the president of the International Law Society, competed in mock trial, and is a member Young International Council for Commercial Arbitration at UDC Law. Outside UDC, she is a member of the Georgetown Gilbert and Sullivan Society, a local performing arts group in the city, and studied acting at the Shakespeare Theatre Company.

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Duane Paul Murphy is a D.C. college student and student journalist born and raised in Southern California. Currently studying for his bachelor’s in politics and a minor in media studies, Duane Paul is interested in covering domestic as well as international political affairs that impact the lives of everyday people, whether they are young students, professionals, or faculty in higher education.

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