- Associated Press - Thursday, February 4, 2016

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) - A New London man has pleaded not guilty in a hit-and-run that killed a student at Connecticut College in December.

The Day of New London reports (https://bit.ly/1QIUhZ9 ) a lawyer for 25-year-old James Sposito entered the plea Thursday in New London Superior Court to charges of second-degree manslaughter, witness and evidence tampering and other charges.

Sposito is accused of striking and killing 20-year-old Ahmad Anique Ashraf near the college around 2 a.m. on Dec. 18, then fleeing.

He told police that he thought he struck a deer, but police say he told a friend he had been in a crash and thought he hit a person. They also said the friend told them he asked her not to tell police he had been drinking.

Sposito has been released on bond.

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