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Upper Marlboro Woman Sentenced in Fatal Hit and Run Accident

Christy Littleford is sentenced for fleeing a hit and run that killed a Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate.

Christy Littleford, of Upper Marlboro, was sentenced today to four years in prison -- three suspended -- for a hit and run accident in 2010 that killed Natasha Pettigrew, 30, a Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate.

Littleford also was ordered to pay a $1,500 fine, according to Nancy Lineman, a spokesperson for the Prince George’s County state’s attorney. 

Littleford, 43, was facing up to 10 years in prison on several charges, including hit and run causing personal injury. Pettigrew was riding a bicycle along the side of Route 202 when she was struck.

Donnell Turner, deputy state’s attorney for Prince George’s County said in a statement that it is important that drivers pay close attention on the road, and that they remain on the scene in the event that they hit something or someone.

“It is possible that if Ms. Littleford had stayed to care for the victim and called for help, she likely would not have been charged with any criminal offense,” said Turner in the statement.

“As we demonstrated in this case, we will not hesitate to file and pursue criminal charges against people who leave the scene of an accident, particularly one that results in the death of or harm to another person,” stated Turner.

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Littleford claimed she didn’t realize she had hit a person until she arrived home and found a bicycle under her car, according to The Post.

She was taken into custody following the hearing, according to Lineman.

This article has been updated to include comments from the state's attorney's office.

Ian Brett Cooper August 03, 2012 at 07:58 PM
So killing someone, then running away and making up some lame excuse, gets only a year in prison. What if Natasha HADN'T been a politician running for office? Would her killer have served any time at all? And a $1500 fee - will that even cover funeral costs? I expect Littleford will be out in a few months, with good behavior. And she never was even charged for actually hitting the cyclist. How on Earth can she have gotten away without even being cited for passing too closely? Life is cheap, I guess.
bckarn August 03, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Surely, now that the criminal case has ended, Ms. Pettigrew's mother can file a civil suit for damages and costs. Ms. Pettigrew had a bright future and nothing the courts can do will bring her back. The sentence was light and the fine minimal.
Doug Love August 05, 2012 at 11:33 AM
Mrs. Pettigrew took her daughter's place on the ballot, and then became a co-chair of the Maryland Green Party. She is not running for office now, but is active in the party in her daughter's memory, and a wonderful person to work with.
robert snyder August 05, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Ms. Littleford's claim that she hadn't known she hit a cyclist until she got home sounds like BS, an excuse to me. The facts hopefully wil come out but then again they may never. These days often drivers are using one hand to drive with and the other to text message or use their cell phone/smart phones to talk and they are not focusing all their attention on the road ahead of them. Folks involved in acidents like this will then come up with some excuse for their inattentiveness. Its not surprising as our society promotes cars and not other forms of transportation. Folks don't look out for cyclists and if they are driving distracted, well then.... cyclists and pedestrians: Beware...

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