A woman has been found guilty in a fatal hit-and-run which she says she didn’t realize had occurred at the time.
The defense for 43-year-old Christy Littleford said she thought she hit a deer in the early morning hours of Sept. 19, 2010.
But she had struck 30-year-old Natasha Pettigrew, a college student and triathlete riding her bicycle on Route 202 in Largo, Md.
Littleford’s defense said she stopped twice but continued home, not realizing she’d struck a person and was dragging a bike.
Later, her husband found Pettigrew’s bike lodged in the undercarriage of Littleford’s Cadillac Escalade. The couple went back to the scene, then to the hospital where Pettigrew had been taken and then to a police station to report the incident.
Littleford faces up to 10 years in prison.