Suspect in Montrose-area hit-and-run that killed bicyclist back behind bars

Margaret Mayer is accused of intentionally not stopping her car after hitting a bicyclist who later died
April 30, 2014 8:15:18 PM PDT
An accused drunk driver is now under arrest, charged in the deadly hit-and-run that claimed the life of a young Houston woman.

Having left Houston because of all the attention, Margaret Mayer was in Austin at her sister's house when she was arrested. The 35-year-old was handcuffed and taken to jail. The process was a little tricky for the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force.

"She is a twin, and as a result, we just wanted to make sure we have the right person," said Supervisory Dep. Hector Gomez with the U.S. Marshal's Office.

Mayer is charged with leaving bicyclist Chelsea Norman to die after she allegedly hit her with her truck. Prosecutors believe Mayer was drunk and tried to repair the truck's damage as quickly as she could.

Norman was on her way home from work when she was struck. A ghost bike now marks the spot. There have been vigils and memorial rides in Norman's honor, and before Mayer faced charges, there was a plea for an arrest.

It took a little more than two months before Mayer turned herself in. This time, though, they came for her.

Court records show she violated her bond conditions by not paying fees. A warrant was issued and she was arrested. Bond has now been revoked. And Norman's father, Randy Norman, hopes that stands.

"I don't see how there could be any other recourse, other than incarcerating her until trial," he said.

Mayer's attorney says he plans to request bond again and that this is all just a misunderstanding. He says if someone had just called, she would have paid up. Her next court day is scheduled for May 9.


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