Who Killed Chelsea Norman?
By Mariam Afshar
Dear person who KILLED Chelsea Norman:
Think. Think for just one second if that had been your child, your sister, brother, cousin, best friend, how would you feel if someone hit them and left them on the side of the road as you did Chelsea. You had no idea if she was okay, but you fled the scene anyway. You left another HUMAN BEING injured on the side of the road and slinked away like a coward. Maybe you had a bit to drink that night, maybe you were super tired and didn’t mean to hit her, maybe you saw her too late, but you KNOW you hit something, if not someone. I am sure you can tell the difference between hitting a tree branch on the road and hitting a PERSON on a bike. Regardless of what the situation was, you should have done something! You are reckless, you are selfish, you are a piece of shit.
Cyclists, you all are required to follow the same driving laws as cars and trucks, for your own safety. I understand that you want drivers to respect your right to be on the road, and they should, but you need to think of your safety first. You are less protected than the drivers, you need to be more aware of your surroundings. Drivers run stop signs and red lights, they turn from the wrong lane, they disobey traffic rules which put themselves and, more importantly, others in danger. You need to understand this and ride defensively. There is no reason to add to that by disobeying traffic rules yourself.
Yes everyone should follow the traffic rules all of the time, but we do not live a perfect world and until Houston gets its shit together and creates a safer pedestrian and cycling system, again, we all have to learn to co-exist on the roads.