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Maryland Hit-And-Run Driver Found Guilty Of Killing Bicyclist

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Two years after an up-and-coming politician in Maryland's Prince George's County died in a hit-and-run, a jury has delivered a guilty verdict that could send the driver to jail for 10 years.

After Christy Littleford's Cadillac Escalade struck 30-year-old Natasha Pettigrew, Littleford drove several miles with the bike still lodged underneath her SUV, while Pettigrew lay dying on Maryland Route 202, just across from the Prince George's County Community College campus. State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks says the verdict of guilty for failing to remain at the scene of an accident and other charges shows jurors did not believe Littleford's excuse that she thought she hit a deer.

Pettigrew, a Green Party candidate for the U.S. Senate, had been training for a triathlon when she was killed. Her mother Kennis Henry says she is still devastated.

Henry used her personal tragedy to launch a crusade for justice. She called for a full investigation of the accident, and criticized Maryland State Police investigators for leaving evidence on the scene for days, as well as for failing to give Littleford a breathalyzer test until hours after the crash.

She lobbied for a bill to strengthen Maryland's hit-and-run laws, which at the time provided little penalties for drivers who left the scene of an accident. That law was passed last year.

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