A longtime North Carolina elected Democrat is refusing calls to resign Tuesday after being charged in a hit-and-run incident in which Raleigh police say she drove her state-issued vehicle into a parked car and then walked away from the scene.
North Carolina State Auditor Beth Wood, who has been in the position since 2009, is now set to appear in Wake County court Thursday following the collision on Dec. 8, which she says happened after leaving a holiday gathering.
“I was at the event for approximately two hours. When I left, I made a sharp right turn and inadvertently hit a parked car,” she said in a statement on Monday.
“I was shaken by the incident and, when I was unable to move my vehicle, I left the scene,” Wood added. “That was a serious mistake and I regret my decision.”
North Carolina State Auditor Beth Wood, center, is sworn into office by Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby as her mother Betty Wood looks on during North Carolina inaugural ceremonies on Jan. 10, 2009, at the State Library building in Raleigh. (AP/Jim R. Bounds)
No one was hurt in the accident