UPDATED Bicyclist Dies Three Days After Hit-and-Run in the Montrose

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We hope someone comes forward with information.
UPDATE: The victim has been identified by her boyfriend as Chelsea Norman. He tells us Norman clocked out of work at Whole Foods at 10:17 pm Dec. 1, and was likely hit between 10:20 and 10:35 p.m., while riding home.

She was found lying face up in the bike lane, with her bike 20-30 feet from her, in the opposite lane, according to the boyfriend.

Original Entry:

Houston police are investigating a hit-and-run that sadly became a fatality Wednesday, when a 24-year-old woman died three days after being struck while riding her bicycle in Montrose.

There were no witnesses to the accident, which occurred on Waugh near West Gray the evening of Dec. 1, according to an HPD spokesman.

The victim, whose name was not released, suffered broken bones and head trauma and was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital, where she had remained in critical condition.

Police currently have no possible vehicle or suspect description.

Anyone with information is urged to contact HPD's Hit and Run Unit at 713-247-4065.

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Schitt.C.Rumpney
Schitt.C.Rumpney

You'd think a motorist "knows" when they've run over a bottle in the road, a piece of tire or even a branch.  LAWD knows the driver that hit this woman - regardless of her wearing a helmet or not (which I agree with @Kylejack  and @ahem  100%), KNOWS FULL WELL they've hit a fully grown person.

Its a matter time, they will be found out and hope prosecuted more SEVERE than if they'd stayed for authorities where this may have turned out as an accidental death with minimum consequences.

ahem
ahem

There's no question that this was an awful tragedy, and the motorist obviously should've stopped and rendered aid. That being said, the cyclist very likely would have survived had she been wearing a helmet. And given that this happened late at night, one might also ask whether she was using proper front and rear lighting, as required by both law and common sense. Riding a bike on a major street late at night with no helmet and no lights does not put the odds in your favor.

greyfox
greyfox

Police have no suspects yet that street and its business are littered with cctv cameras? they should be able to take the above mentioned time frame and use it to single out any cars that were passing or seen driving at an average rate one moment then darting off the next to atleast have a description of the car if not a shot of the number plate entirely.

jknasse2
jknasse2

This is horrible she worked at the whole foods all the time.  Cashed me out several times as soon as I saw her face on the KHOU report I was like oh no...

The media needs to really put any and all bike accidents on the news as this is getting more serious.

Shared lanes are resulting in DEATHS.  We need bike lanes for bikers only throughout the city.  This is getting ridiculous!!!!

unknown
unknown

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Kasie may or may not of just committed a hit and run on a girl on a bicycle. The world will never know. Except the girl on the bike.</p>— Jordan Howard (@jordanrebekah) <a href="https://twitter.com/jordanrebekah/statuses/406537356867796993">November 29, 2013</a></blockquote>

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Adam Socki
Adam Socki

How many times are we going to have this story written. WE NEED PROPER CYCLING INFRASTRUCTURE IN HOUSTON!. FUCK!

gossamersixteen
gossamersixteen topcommenter

Drivers, you NEED to use your turn signals, stay off your effing phones, and pay attention to what you're doing.

Victor Del Rio
Victor Del Rio

Up until my motorcycle accident, in 2002, which ended my riding in Houston, I had cars pulling out in front of me, too close on my rear tire, refusing right of way, etc... Abysmal.

Tim Thurmond
Tim Thurmond

She was a sweet girl and deserved much better. Even the smallest shred of information could help, so if anyone knows anything please contact HPD.

Kylejack
Kylejack topcommenter

@ahem I don't know how very likely it is. The bike was thrown 30 feet according to the people who found her. Anyway, there's a study that shows motorist head injuries in accidents could be greatly decreased if they wore helmets, but I don't see that catching on any time soon.

It's a side issue and distraction from the main issue: Someone busted her head open and then fled like a coward leaving her to bleed and later die. The penalty for leaving the scene of a deadly accident was recently increased to match intoxication manslaughter. I hope they catch the bastard.

MelADavis
MelADavis

@unknown That happened in Auburn, AL, on Nov. 29th.  I believe authorities there have been notified. 

Kylejack
Kylejack topcommenter

@ChuckEye Says he didn't see the car, via DM. Just came upon the scene.

BrittanieShey
BrittanieShey

@ChuckEye There were apparently witnesses — one girl (a stranger) rode in the ambulance with her to the hospital.

bemo
bemo

@veronikavenom That girl lives in Auburn, AL and her tweet was from two days before this incident ........

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