Md. Green Party Activist Killed in Hit-and-Run

92-year-old ran for U.S. House seat this year

Thursday, Dec 13, 2012  |  Updated 10:35 PM EDT
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Md. Green Party Activist Killed in Hit-and-Run

Maryland Green Party

A prominent member of Maryland's Green Party died Wednesday after being hit by a car.

Robert Shipley Auerbach was struck about 6:30 p.m. while walking across Hanover Parkway near Ora Glen Drive in Greenbelt, Md.

The car that hit him did not stop. Witnesses identified it as a silver Mercedes.

Investigators later tracked down the car and the driver. They have not said if any charges have been filed.

Auerbach, 92, died about 11:15 p.m. Wednesday at a local hospital.

The Maryland Green Party released a statement Thursday about Auerbach saying he was a “lifetime advocate for progressive causes.” He had been active in civil rights, anti-war and environmental activism since the 1930s.

Auerbach was the first chairman of the Maryland Green Party. He was the Green Party's nominee for Congress for Maryland's 5th District several times, most recently in the 2012 election.

Auerbach is the second prominent Green party member to be struck and killed by a car in recent years. Natasha Pettigrew, a Green Party Senate candidate, died in 2010.

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