Houston bicyclists ride to honor woman killed in hit-and-run

It's to remember a local cyclist who was killed in a hit and run accident
December 11, 2013 5:45:43 PM PST
There is a Houston bike group hoping to take a tragedy and turn it into a teachable moment, but its plans could cause problems for commuters near the Whole Food Market on Waugh Drive.

That's where hundreds of cyclists are gathering to pay tribute to one of their own, killed in a hit-and-run accident.

We're told close to 600 cyclists were expected to show up there, first for a bike safety course, followed by a five-mile ride. It's all in response to a tragic situation that took the life of a Whole Foods employee.

Chelsea Norman, 24, was riding her bike home from work on December 1 when she was struck by a car and later died of her injuries. The driver fled the scene and to this day, no one knows exactly what happened that night.

A shrine near West Gray and Waugh marks the spot where Norman was struck.

A group of cyclists have joined forces to make sure her story isn't forgotten. They tell us more than anything, they wish to memorialize Norman and to send a message to Houston drivers.

"The apathy, not just in Houston, but all American cities when a pedestrian gets killed or a bicyclist gets killed, there's a general apathy, but nothing ever gets done," said cyclist Fab Ordonez. "No one gets cited. You rarely see anyone go to jail. That has to end. Someone has to be held accountable."

Norman lived just minutes away from where she was run down. Her friends and family vowing to fight until the driver behind the wheel is caught.

The cyclists will leave in groups of 30 or so, we're told, and will ride north on Waugh to Washington and loop back around to Westheimer road.

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