Rochester, NY – In a tightly contested race, former City Court Judge Leticia Astacio lost due to a crash on the final lap.
Astacio’s pit crew manager Puck Wilson said the crash started when fellow candidate Michael Giraci tapped Wayne Harris’s car into a spin, Giraci said the contact was unintentional as he was trying to go outside “when it wasn’t quite there. I clipped his right rear and pushed him into the wall. It was unfortunate for us and the other candidates, but that’s racing.”
The crash initially presented an opportunity for Astacio to take the lead, before she became embroiled in the pile up. Although no one was harmed in the crash, several campaigns were wrecked, and City election officials have said they will take a closer look at how races are run in an attempt to improve safety going forward.