In a video discussing the incident made by the Orange County Sheriff's Office, Cristina Settanni explained how she ended up sitting next to the distraught man, who was perched on a ledge at the edge of a local expressway.
"I did pass him at first. I saw him. I didn't really think about stopping. I thought as I saw him in my rearview I probably should stop seeing as noone else did," she said.
Settanni said that she felt compelled to stop because she has been in a similar headspace. She felt she knew what the unidentified man needed in his moment of crisis.
"I stopped because I've been where he was so I know what it's like to stand on the ledge and feel like that's your only option. He needed somebody to show that somebody cared enough to stop and enough to tell him he didn't need to do that today," she said.
Part of her case to the man included lyrics to the Linkin Park song "One More Light." The anti-suicide track was released on the band's last album, just two months before the band's lead vocalist Chester Bennington took his own life.
"Who cares if one more light goes out?/ Well I do,” Bennington sings on the track and the words clearly struck a chord with the man.
“I don’t know if it clicked with him, but he just cried,” Settanni said.
Ultimately, the woman was able to calm the man down until police arrived and pulled him off of the ledge. While he was not arrested, he was placed in a mental health facility according to the video. Take a look at it up top and listen to "One More Light" below.