A LINKIN PARK fan from Florida named Cristina Settanni did something incredible on her morning commute earlier this year, after she saw a man sitting on the ledge of a highway overpass.
She says she drove past him . . . like hundreds of other cars . . . but when she saw him again in her rearview mirror, she decided to stop, get out, and walk over to him. She sat ON the ledge next to him . . . and admitted she was scared he’d jump.
It was tense. She says, quote, “There was a moment when he moved forward. And I moved towards him, like, ‘Nope, you go, I go.'”
In an attempt to comfort him, she recited a lyric from the Linkin Park song “One More Light“: Quote: “Who cares if one more light goes out, in a sky of a million stars? Well, I do.”
She says, quote, “I didn’t know if it clicked with him, but he just cried.”
A few other drivers had noticed them, and called 911. The police came, and bodycam footage shows Cristina sitting next to the man on the overpass bridge . . . speaking to him in a calm, composed manner.
Still, the man refused to step back, so while Cristina was talking with him, they reached over, and pulled him to safety. He wasn’t arrested . . . he was taken to a mental health facility for treatment.
Apparently, the man had made some bad decisions and let his family down.
Cristina says she still thinks about him every day . . . and can’t bring herself to drive over that overpass anymore. It’s unclear how the man is doing.
For what it’s worth, “One More Light” was inspired by a friend of Linkin Park’s who had died of cancer.
Ironically, it was also their last single with singer Chester Bennington, who committed suicide in July of 2017 . . . a few months before the song was released.
Yesterday, the band Tweeted, quote, “Thank you Cristina.”
(Here’s a news report, which includes Cristina and the cop . . . plus the bodycam footage showing them on the ledge.)