Lake Escobosa spent nearly an hour directing traffic Saturday night near Lincoln Center on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
The 23-year-old dancer from Brooklyn said her knowledge of traffic guidance came from her father, a former police officer who walked the beat in Coney Island.
“I know how tricky it is when it comes to that intersection and I just saw in my mind car accidents, people getting hit, people screaming,” she said. “So I felt like I should have just tried.”
She wasn’t the first to jump in and help. Another bystander was directing traffic on Columbus and 65th Street and she “decided to help him.”
“I just think that in time of crisis, everyone needs to have a little bit more patience,” she said. “Patience is key and you can’t, especially with a car, which is a mobile weapon, you can’t just sit there and think that you’re just gonna time it perfectly.”