Natasha Pettigrew: MD Green Party Candidate Dies After Struck by SUV

Natasha Pettigrew, a Maryland Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate in Maryland, has died due to injurings she suffered after struck by an SUV while riding her bicycle on Sunday morning on Landover Road in Largo.

“As a party, we have never experienced a loss like this,” Brian Bittner, co-chairman of the Maryland Green Party, said in a release today.

Natasha Pettigrew was born in Maryland and has been attending the University of Miami, Bittner said, adding that her intention was to return to her home state after school. Pettigrew became interested in politics because her family had endured financial hardships — foreclosure, student debt — and she felt that public officials could have done more to help them, Bittner said.

She filed her candidacy for Senate to celebrate her 30th brithday, he said.

The accident occurred about 5:30 Sunday morning, said Greg Shipley, spokesman for the Maryland State Police.

AP reports:

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. — A Green Party candidate running for U.S. Senate in Maryland has died after being hit by an SUV while riding her bike.

Maryland State Police say 30-year-old Natasha Pettigrew died early Tuesday. She was hit by an SUV in Prince George’s County early Sunday.

Police say the woman driving the Cadillac Escalade that hit Pettigrew kept driving nearly four miles to her home, even though the bicycle was still lodged underneath the vehicle.

Police say the woman thought she hit a deer or a dog and didn’t want to stop in the early morning hours. When she and her husband found the bicycle under the SUV, they called police.