Natasha Pettigrew, Maryland Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate, dies at 30

By T. Rees Shapiro
Friday, September 24, 2010; 8:44 PM

Natasha Pettigrew, 30, a Maryland Green Party candidate for the U.S. Senate, died Sept. 20 at Prince George's Hospital Center of injuries suffered in a road accident.

According to the Maryland State Police, Ms. Pettigrew was riding her bicycle early Sept. 19 while training for a triathlon when she was hit by a car on Route 202 near Largo. A police investigation is continuing.

Mr. Pettigrew had taken a leave of absence from her studies at the University of Miami School of Law to run for the seat held by Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (D).

Ms. Pettigrew's mother, Kenniss Henry of Cheverly, said in an interview that her daughter decided to run for the Senate because she was raised to either "be a part of of the problem or a part of the solution."

Natasha El'Hayat Pettigrew was born in Washington. She was a 1998 graduate of Elizabeth Seton High School in Bladensburg.

She graduated from Ohio State University in 2003 with bachelor's degrees in criminology and zoology. She began law school at the University of Miami in 2008.

Other survivors include her father, Devon Pettigrew of Washington; and a half-brother.

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