ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Florida Republican congressional hopeful David Jolly says his faith was challenged by a 1989 car crash in which he fatally struck a pedestrian.
St. Petersburg, Fla., station WTSP-TV reported late Monday on the crash. Jolly is battling Democrat Alex Sink in Florida's 13th Congressional District.
He was 16 years old at the time of the crash, driving home from the movies with a friend when he hit a man walking in the road. Blair Warren Ropes' motorcycle had broken down. Jolly wasn't cited in the crash and he said he was "exonerated of any culpability."
Jolly questioned the story's timing. He says whoever tipped reporters to the story is "a heartless individual who has clearly never lost anyone close to them or experienced such a tragedy."