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Austin family hoping hit and run driver is brought to justice

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On FM 969 just east of Austin, you'll find a small handmade wooden cross Steven Bedford's family planted there to remember him by.

53-year-old Bedford worked on his family's 150-acre ranch but he was a mechanic by trade.

"Steven was awesome. Anytime my car broke down, I could call him up and say 'Hey my car's messing up, can you come listen to it?' 'I'll be right over,'" Bedford's cousin Crystal Luna said.

Bedford's common-law wife Delores Arrellano tells us on Monday night he said goodnight to his son Isaiah and told her he was walking to the corner store to buy a lottery ticket...a trip he makes a lot.

"He said 'I'm gonna go get my last lotto ticket. I'll be back.' 'Ok be careful,'" Arrellano said.

But this time, Arrellano was worried because he had been gone longer than usual.

"I started calling his phone and he didn't answer. And when I called him back the second time, the deputy answered and she told me that he was involved in a hit and run to come down here quick," Arrellano said.

Trooper Robbie Berrera says according to witnesses, the driver of the vehicle who hit Bedford on his way back from the store didn't stick around to help him -- but she says 2 good Samaritans did.

"Another car came and swerved to miss him and did actually miss him. In the process of turning around coming back to help him, another car swerved to miss him and struck his foot. In the process, he did stop and both of those individuals did start CPR," Berrera said.

Bedford's cousin Crystal says the family watched as emergency crews worked on him and then took him by helicopter to UMC Brackenridge.

"I was just praying that he would make it. I mean that's all I could do was hold her and pray that he was gonna make it," Luna said.

"Just for him to try to make it...to hold on but things came to worse and he didn't," Arrellano said.

Bedford died at the hospital.

Now his family is looking for their own clues -- like pieces of the vehicle that struck him.

"We want justice for him. How hard is it to stop and render aid? Or even if he didn't want to stay, how hard is it to call 911 and say 'Hey I just hit a person. Can you come to this scene and help him?' I mean for all we know, that could have saved his life but just taking off and leaving him there to die...it's messed up," Luna said.

Trooper Berrera says they're still investigating...trying to talk with local body shops and analyzing Bedford's clothing to give them a better idea of what sort of vehicle might have hit him.

Of course if you have any information on this, please call the Department of Public Safety.

Failure to stop and render aid is now a second degree felony.

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