SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA, May 30, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Planned Parenthood employee who was cited for DUI after hitting a seven-year-old girl has pulled out of her race for the Democratic nomination for state legislature.
State Democratic Party Chairman Ben Nesselhuf told local media that 32-year-old Carmen Toft planned to pull out of the race before the accident.
Toft, the South Dakota Public Affairs Manager for Planned Parenthood, had sought the Democratic nomination for the state House of Representatives in District 10.
Sioux Falls Police spokesman Sam Clemens says Toft struck the young girl just after 8 p.m. last Tuesday, knocking the child from her bicycle to the ground. Toft, who refused to take a breathalyzer, said the child “came out of nowhere,” according to Clemens; police administered a state-mandated blood test.
Although police transported the child to the hospital for possible internal injuries, The Argus Leader reports the girl was not harmed.
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The Sioux Falls Police Department did not create a case file, which concealed Toft’s name from local media outlets until yesterday.
Nesselhuf said the party was “saddened to hear of the unfortunate events involving Carmen Toft last week.”
The state Democratic Party cannot name a replacement candidate until after the June 5 primary.