BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - A candidate for state House of Representatives has pleaded not guilty to charges related to an alleged hit & run accident in August and her case was continued until Nov. 16, 10 days after Election Day.
The Connecticut Post reports (http://bit.ly/V6pHtl) that Christina Ayala pleaded not guilty in Bridgeport Superior Court on Tuesday to charges of evading responsibility, failure to obey a traffic signal and failure to renew her vehicle's registration. She chose a jury trial.
Mireya Porto, the mother of the motorist whose car was hit, said outside the courtroom that Ayala should be forced to abandon her candidacy.
Mario Testa, chairman of the Democratic Town Committee, said he will not ask Ayala, the Democratic candidate, to step aside.
Ayala did not comment on Tuesday. She has apologized, saying she panicked and regretted her misjudgment.
Information from: Connecticut Post, http://www.connpost.com
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