Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Zoologist, Triathlete, Idealist: Gone
Natasha Pettigrew was from Maryland.
She made sure to insert the definite article when mentioning her alma mater: THE Ohio State University.
She was brave and strong enough to ride her bike before the sun rose.
She was beautiful and smart, and only 30 years old.
She cared enough about the world and her country to run for office, and not just any office: the US Senate. Even if she stood no chance of winning.
In the same manner, she earned her BS in Zoology, even though she stood no chance of supporting herself as a zookeeper.
In a fiery column promoting her candidacy, she wrote: "How effective a representative can I be if I must wait 20 or 25 years and have had the opportunity to become set in my ways or suffering health issues that preclude me from getting out and really visiting my constituents, all of them!!!"
Christy Littleford, 41, driving a Cadillac Escalade, struck Natasha on this corner, sometime around 6:00am on September 19th:
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Littleford admitted to police she knew she had struck something, but told the police she thought it was "an animal," and said she did not stop. A witness at the scene, however, saw the Cadillac stop.
Only after Littleford reacher her home, four miles away, dragging Natasha's bike, did she call police. Some reports have her calling police "sometime before 6:30am," others "four hours after she arrived home."
Natasha died yesterday.