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Houston bike riders upset by cycling deaths

Published On: Jan 26 2014 06:52:45 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 26 2014 06:52:55 PM CST
HOUSTON, Texas -

(AP) - Tensions have increased in Houston's cycling community, with two bike riders killed in recent weeks in unsolved hit-and-run crashes.

The Houston Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/M0CLTD ) the recent deaths are part of 23 fatalities of bike riders on Houston streets in the past five years.

A review of records by the newspaper shows that only four times in five years have drivers in Houston been charged with a crime after fatally hitting a cyclist.

Fred Zapalac, a cycling community advocate, says anger is simmering over a lack of accountability.

Some cyclists contend police aren't ticketing cars for coming too close to riders or doing enough to find people who run them down. 

Harris County prosecutor Alison Baimbridge says these cases are investigated as thoroughly as the deaths of motorists or pedestrians.      

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Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com

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