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KIDD PLEADS INNOCENT TO HIT-AND-RUN CHARGE

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Probable NBA lottery draft pick Jason Kidd pleaded innocent Friday to a misdemeanor charge of hit and run and a speeding infraction stemming from a car accident last month.

Kidd, who played for the University of California until he announced earlier this year he was leaving school to apply for the June 29 NBA draft, did not appear at the arraignment in Oakland Municipal Court.The accident occurred in the early morning hours of May 22 on the connector ramp between Interstate 80 and Interstate 580 in Oakland. No one was injured.

The California Highway Patrol investigation concluded that Kidd was driving with two passengers when his Toyota Landcruiser brushed another car and flipped over. Kidd apparently left in another car that had stopped.

Kidd, 21, has admitted to leaving the scene, but claims he was hit before the accident.

Kidd faces a maximum sentence of six months in county jail and a $1,000 fine or both. Because he has no prior record, he will likely receive probation and a fine if convicted.