Houston police searching for hit-and-run driver who killed young cyclist

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by Tiffany Craig / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on December 4, 2013 at 11:11 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 12:00 PM

HOUSTON -- Houston police are asking for the public's help to find the driver involved in a hit-and-run accident with a cyclist on Sunday night.

Chelsea Norman, 24, died on Tuesday from the injuries she suffered when hit from behind by a driver at the intersection of Waugh Drive and W. Gray Street.

Her friends and co-workers from the Whole Foods on Waugh gathered at the scene to leave flowers, balloons and candles in her memory.

"She was exceptional," said Jessi Mata. "She was so pure and so kind and so giving."

It seemed that Norman left behind similar memories with everyone she met.

"She brought so much color and life anywhere she went," Antonia Rogers told us. "We are all better people to have had her in our lives."

Her boyfriend Larry Villalobos was waiting for her at home. The ride was only five minutes and Chelsea took the same path multiple times a week and wasn't wearing a helmet that night.

Villalobos remembered getting the call.

"A police officer saying she had been struck and my life changed that fast," Villalobos said.

A witness who called 911 said Chelsea's bike, shoes and other personal items were scattered throughout the intersection but he didn't see the vehicle that hit her.

It happened at about 10:20 p.m. on Sunday, December 1.

At this point, police have no leads and are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at (713) 222-TIPS.

Chelsea's friends hope someone will step up with information and perhaps knowing a little more about her will give them the courage to do it.

"Just out of respect for her family and for those who really loved her and who need that closure," Mata said.

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