A Law Student and Senate Candidate Was Struck by an SUV Sunday

Monday, Sep 20, 2010  |  Updated 7:16 PM EDT
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Darcy Spencer

A law student from Prince George's County is fighting for her life after she was struck by an SUV.

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An area law student and Green Party candidate for the U.S. Senate is fighting for her life after she was hit by a car.

Natasha Pettigrew was riding her bike near Prince George's Community College at about 5:30 a.m. Sunday when an SUV struck her.

The driver didn't stop. She told police that at the time she thought she had hit a dog or a deer, so when she got to her Upper Marlboro home -- three miles away -- she checked the vehicle and realized she had dragged the bike.

The driver then called police immediately, so they are not calling it a hit-and-run, said Maryland State Police Lt. Mark Darby. The crash team and investigative unit will determine if any charges are necessary.

Pettigrew lost a kidney and suffered numerous broken bones, her mother said.

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