Family searches for deadly hit-and-run driver


by QUITA CULPEPPER / KVUE News and photojournalist SCOTT GUEST

Posted on February 4, 2014 at 6:16 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 4 at 9:45 PM

AUSTIN -- It's been more than two months since a Travis County family got the devastating news a loved one had died. Their grief has only gotten worse, because no one knows who killed Steven Bedford.

Flowers mark the place on FM 969 that changed Charlotte Bedford Anderson's life forever. It's where a hit-and-run driver killed her brother, 53-year-old Steven Bedford.

"That's the part that's hard for us to deal with. We don't know who, what and how,” Anderson said. "My brother was a father, a son, an uncle, a nephew, and we loved him very much, and it's very hurtful for his life to have ended the way it did."

Steven Bedford's heartbroken family, along with Department of Public Safety troopers, are hoping someone will come forward with information about the deadly hit and run that happened on Nov. 18.

"It will just help my family get over this situation," said Darrell Bedford, the victim’s brother.

It happened just before 9:30 p.m. Bedford was walking back to his property from a nearby store. Investigators say he was just a few feet from his property when he was hit by a car. The driver didn't stop.

A second vehicle hit Bedford as well, and that driver did stop. Bedford later died at the hospital.

Bedford's family says he was legally blind and walked that stretch of road often.

Bedford's longtime girlfriend Deloris Arrellano says she wants justice for a man who went out of his way to help others.

"We miss him very much," Arrellano said. "Maybe he would have lived if they had stopped to render aid."

Investigators say there could be a number of reasons the hit-and-run driver didn't stop to help.

"The driver was possibly not licensed, not insured, intoxicated," said DPS Trooper Duane Hartman.

Now Bedford's family says they want closure, so they and their loved one's memory can rest.

"When I say my prayers, I still include my brother in the prayers," Anderson said. "Someone has to know who hit my brother."

Capital Area Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward in this case. If you have any information, you're asked to call 512-472-8477.