Vidor police are currently investigating the death of a man discovered dead in a roadway at approximately 11:09 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3, off South Street, the Interstate 10 service road, between F.M. 1135 and Cow Bayou. Richard Bryan Sanford, 48, of Vidor, was pronounced dead at the scene by Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace Judge Rodney Price. According to police, Sanford was “struck and killed” while walking.
Police reportedly received a call Thursday night from someone who told them he had struck a male victim who was possibly already lying in the roadway. VPD Assistant Chief David Vandagriff said the driver of the vehicle who struck the man and who reported the incident has not been charged, and, as of yet, it is unclear if the victim had been hit by another vehicle or vehicles prior to being struck by the reporting party. The assistant chief described the area where the accident occurred as “dark” making the road there “difficult to see.”
Vandagriff said VPD has received calls from citizens with information pertaining to the matter, and one caller told police the victim was seen earlier in the day hitchhiking. The investigation continues.
Although the police originally indicated they were unsure as to whether or not Sanford had been struck by a vehicle prior to be hit by the person who reported the accident, they are now searching for a second vehicle they believe may have been involved in the incident that left Sanford dead. As of Oct. 8, police are searching for a 2006 to 2008 Chrysler 300 sedan. Police report the vehicle will have heavy left side front-end damage that will be obvious “even to the untrained casual observer.” VPD Detective Marc Steele requested that anyone who may have seen a vehicle matching the description and damage or who regularly sees a Chrysler 300 but is no longer seeing it call the Vidor Police Department at (409) 769-4561.