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Houston Resident Arrested on Hit-and-Run Charges for Chelsea Norman’s Death

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Antarvir Kaur4 years ago

A woman by the name of Margaret Renee Mayer was arrested on Wednesday on charges of hitting bicyclist Chelsea Norman in December and failing to stop and help.

When Norman was discovered that night, she was seriously injured. She died a few days later because of the injuries.

Details about the Hit-and-Run

According to the San Antonio Express-News, a woman who had been drinking with Mayer at the bar that day was found by the police after anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers.

Mayer contacted the woman the following day and said she did not remember what exactly happened, but that her car window was shattered so she may have hit someone and she was lost on Waugh Drive.

A phone conversation between Mayer’s brother and mother revealed that Mayer hit a bike while she was intoxicated and damaged her car.

Cyclist Community Slightly Pacified but Calling for Further Enforcement

Houston cyclists are happy with the police for having a suspect in custody but wonder why she is not being charged with manslaughter.

Records indicate that motorists rarely get charged in connection to cyclist accidents in the Houston area. In 2009, only 4 out of 23 suspects related to cases in which the cyclist died were charged.

The community is pushing for better enforcement of the laws and more attention from officials. They are also pressing for safer roads citing bike lanes with lines that are fading and debris from gutters obstructing some of the lanes.

The bike lane on the street where Norman was hit is crooked, according to a town cyclist.

In the first six months after a new city ordinance, which required cars to stay three feet away from cyclists and pedestrians and trucks to remain six feet away from them was passed in May, not one motorist was issued a citation.


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