One night a little over a year ago, Norman was riding her bike home from work. Mayer, likely intoxicated, was lost and driving home after drinking with co-workers.
Mayer’s truck struck Norman’s bike at a dark spot on Waugh Drive. Norman, 24, died of her injuries, and a jury decided Thursday that Mayer, 36, should spend 15 years in prison for not stopping to help her.
Randy Norman, the victim’s father, said the sentence was correct because it’s what the justice system produced. But it brought little comfort or closure to his family.
“The Mayers, the Normans, honestly, neither of us won,” Randy Norman said, following an emotional day of testimony by people who remembered Chelsea Norman’s sweetness and lauded Mayer’s character.