Sources close to the investigation of the death of Natasha Pettigrew say that the State's Attorney will seek an indictment for fleeing the scene of an accident in which a death occurred. Given the lack of witnesses willing to testify, there is insufficient evidence for manslaughter. No other details are available at this time.
Ms. Pettigrew was the Green Party candidate for US Senate last year, until she was struck by an SUV while riding south on Largo Road (MD-202) near Prince Georges County Community College, early in the morning of September 19, 2011. The driver stopped briefly and then proceeded home to Upper Marlboro, dragging Ms. Pettegrew's bike all the way, later telling police she thought she hit a deer. Initial statements by the state police implied that the police believed the driver and blamed Ms. Pettigrew for the crash, for not wearing reflective clothing. Reporters and Ms. Pettigrew's mother soon found reflective clothing that she had been wearing at the scene of the crash.
A memorial bike ride for is planned for September 17.