State Auditor Beth Wood pleads guilty in hit-and-run case; 2 others charged in the December crash

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Thursday, March 23, 2023
State Auditor Beth Wood pleads guilty in hit-and-run case
State Auditor Beth Wood pleaded guilty Thursday in her hit-and-run case. She has paid $11,000 in personal money to the Department of Administration and the victim.

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- State Auditor Beth Wood pled guilty Thursday to hit and run causing property damage.

Wood appeared in court Thursday afternoon. She has paid out $11,000 in personal money to the Department of Administration and to the victim.

Wood was ordered to pay court costs and a $100 fine.

Meanwhile, months after Wood was involved in the hit-and-run crash while driving a state-issued issued car, two people are facing charges in connection to the ongoing investigation.

On Wednesday, police confirmed they have charged two people with misdemeanors related to the crash.

Ryan McGirt has been charged with misdemeanor accessory after the fact and obstructing justice.

Jonah Mendys has been charged with obstruction of justice and misdemeanor passenger failure to give information.

Raleigh Police said the two charged were passengers in the car with State Auditor Beth Wood when she hit another car and left the scene in December.

Both men were charged on Friday. Police said the two were passengers in the car with Wood when the incident happened.

Wood was charged with hit-and-run, leaving the scene, property damage and an unsafe movement infraction for the December 8, 2022 crash in downtown Raleigh.

Although the crash happened in December, details and video related to the crash weren't released until January.

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The North Carolina Department of Administration said damage and towing fees for the state-owned vehicle driven by Wood that was involved in a hit-and-run collision totaled $7,707.03.

Wood issued a public apology in a statement that read in part: "I sincerely regret my actions and will continue to cooperate with law enforcement. I made a mistake in judgment on Dec. 8."

Her use of a state-owned vehicle was suspended in late January.

Police released surveillance video from downtown cameras the night of the crash.

WATCH: Surveillance video from the night State Auditor Beth Wood's crashed

Wood was driving a state-issued vehicle when she crashed into a parked car in downtown Raleigh.