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Houston Woman to Serve 15 Years for Fatal Hit-and-Run

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Jarod Cassidy3 years ago

A Harris County jury has sentenced a Houston resident Margaret Mayer, 36, to 15 years for a hit-and-run accident that left another woman dead.

Details of the Fatal Bicycling Accident

The Houston Chronicle reports 24-year-old Chelsea Norman was fatally injured on Dec. 1, 2013 after being struck by a truck driven by Mayer. Norman was bicycling home from her job at Whole Foods around 10:20 pm when the incident occurred.

Mayer fled the scene and did not report the accident. Norman was found lying face-up in the bike lane – her bicycle was 20 to 30 feet away in the opposite lane. She died four days later at Memorial Hermann Hospital.

A coroner’s report stated Norman had suffered brain swelling following the accident. A portion of her skull was removed in an attempt to save her.

Jury Sentences Mayer to 15 Years

Jurors deliberated for 38 minutes before sentencing Mayer to 15 years in prison, close to the maximum penalty of 20 years. The minimum sentence would have been probation.

During trial, Mayer testified that she had believed that she had hit a tree. Her defense attorney alleged that Norman had failed to follow safe biking practices and was not in the biking lane. He also claimed that paint chips on Norman’s bike did not match Mayer’s truck.

The prosecution stated that Mayer had attempted to repair her truck following the accident in order to cover up the accident. Jurors were also made aware that Mayer had a previous shoplifting conviction and a was convicted of drunken driving in 2012.

Jurors also heard testimony from Norman’s family and boyfriend. The emotional testimonies moved some jurors to tears.


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