Houston's crushed bicycle count for 2013 took another leap forward on Friday, December 20th. Less than three weeks after pretty young Whole Foods clerk Chelsea Norman was killed by a hit-and-run driver in Houston's hip Montrose neighborhood, another cyclist was mowed down by a hit-and-run driver on the city's east side. The unidentified man, age unknown, was struck as he crossed the 1000 block of Normandy at around 7:00 p.m. and pronounced dead on his arrival at Ben Taub hospital. By unofficial count, that makes six dead in Harris County for the year and the fifth since June.
The driver, who failed to stop and render aid, remains at large. Other than "a white vehicle," no other information about the crime was released by investigators at the Houston Police Department. HPD asks that anyone with information call the department's hit-and-run section at 713-247-4065 or call CrimeStoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
Unlike the outpouring of grief that followed the death of the 24-year-old Montrose woman, the death of the unidentified man a few miles away has received little notice in local news; no solemn mass ride and no promise of a ghost bike. Wrong neighborhood, one assumes. The death's brief mention in the Houston Chronicle did, however, bring out the usual array of complaints about cyclists "getting in the way" of four-wheel traffic.