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