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N.C. state auditor calls leaving scene after hitting parked car "a serious mistake"

Beth Wood auditor
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North Carolina State Auditor Beth Wood has released a statement about the night she hit a parked car and drove away from the scene, and in it apologized for her actions.

North Carolina State Auditor Beth Wood has released a statement about the night she hit a parked car and drove away from the scene, and in it apologized for her actions.

Wood said she attended a holiday gathering on the evening of December 8, and was at the event for about two hours.

When she left, Wood said she made a sharp right turn and inadvertently hit a parked car. She said she was shaken and left the scene.

She called that “a serious mistake” and said she regrets that decision.

Wood said the next day she told State Motor Fleet Management that she was involved in an accident and was cited by police.

Wood will be in court on Thursday in Wake County. Someone without a previous criminal record would face no active jail time for a hit-and-run misdemeanor but could face probation. An unsafe movement count can be punishable by a fine.

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