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Man says TX state rep. who crashed into him exaggerated impact

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A North Texas state representative seeking re-election made statements recently about a life-altering car accident.

She compared the incident to what her injured war vet opponent has been through.

The problem is, she caused the crash, and the man she hit is having a hard time buying her "life-altering" description.

The accident happened the evening of Jan. 21. The very next day, Carter used it to make political points.

"I, Stefani Carter, your current state representative, have had two life-altering events," she said in a video posted on D Magazine's website. "One is, I had a terrible accident. I could have died."

The video was taken at a candidate forum among her Republican opponents on Jan. 22 -- one day after she was in the crash.

Carter crashed into 28-year-old Rolando Cerezo's car. Rolando was going south on Quorum Road from the beltline in Addison.

According to the crash report, Carter was pulling out of a parking lot, attempting a left hand turn.

Carter managed to cut across the two northbound lanes on Quorum, but then slammed into Cerezo's southbound Honda Civic, which was instantly disabled.

Cerezo says Carter was able to drive her car off to the side, only losing the bumper.

"It's really frustrating," said Cerezo. "After I paid off my car, I started paying off my student loan."

He says that after the crash, he has to go to the chiropractor almost every day.

In the candidate forum, Carter said the accident caused her to do some soul searching, and she gestured toward her opponent, who was injured fighting in Afghanistan.

"…caused me to ask again, what is the purpose of life?" said Carter in the video. "Do you love what you do? That moment of truth when you feel that your life could come to an end. You ask those questions of yourself. I know that my colleague here, Sam Brown, understands that."

Cerezo says the night of the crash, Carter was calm and appeared uninjured.

He went back into traffic to retrieve her bumper.

"The only thing she asked me was about my insurance and that's it," he said.

At the time, he had no idea who she was, but he's since learned what she said about the crash.

"I didn't know what she was talking about, that that accident was life-altering to her," said Cerezo. "I think she is just exaggerating."

FOX 4 reached out to Carter to get her take, calling and emailing her several times. She did not respond.

We even went to her campaign office in person, talked to someone and left a card.

Carter faces three other candidates in the Republican Primary on March 4.

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