Armed with a big red stop sign and outfitted in a neon yellow vest, Rosalie Garcia heads to the front lines of the Sundance Elementary School zone in Los Luna twice a day, every day.
Garcia’s job typically involves corralling crowds of kids safely through the crosswalk to and from school, but on Friday, when a car failed to stop for the kids in the crosswalk, she said it was the closest she’s ever come to jumping in front of a car to save a child.
“It was terrifying,” Garcia said.
Garcia said she was helping a boy cross the street on his scooter when a car blew right through the intersection and headed straight for Ryan Acosta, 8.
“When I saw the car near him, I yelled, ‘Wait!’ And that’s when he turned and looked at me, and I think if he hadn’t stopped, (the car) would have hit him,” Garcia said.
“I was scared,” Ryan said.
The boy’s mother, Michelle Acosta, said she was following her son in her car on his way to school and saw the whole thing happen.
“This SUV just went straight across and probably missed him by this much,” Michelle Acosta said. “I can’t wait to see (Garcia) to tell her, ‘Thank you.’”
Garcia said the attention isn’t necessary because she’s only doing what she’s supposed to do.
“I don’t feel like a hero,” Garcia said
Garcia said she would have jumped in front of the car if she had to, but her scream was enough.