Stretch of Highway 12 to be studied after two fatal crashes

Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll plans on asking TxDOT to study roadway after two fatal crashes in the last two weeks

VIDOR - Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll says his department plans on asking TxDOT to study speed limits and lighting along Highway 12.

This comes after two fatal crashes have occurred within a week, with one auto-pedestrian crash and a two-vehicle collision blocks away from each other.

71-year-old Wanda Spoonmore died from her injuries after police say a mid-sized SUV or crossover vehicle struck her, according to police.

"We want justice, we want justice for Ms. Spoonmore, we want justice for the family," Chief Carroll said.

“We're going to be asking TxDOT to do a study on the roadway to see if decreasing the speed limit would be a safe idea or if it would increase safety of individuals travelling this roadway,” Chief Carroll said.

Social media posts claim that the area has low lighting, and increased traffic in October due to the nearby Texas Maze of Terror has caused congestion along the stretch of Highway 12.

Chief Carroll says that he has asked management at the maze to consider placing light towers outside to help with lighting in the roadway.

Chief Carroll says patrols have increased in the area.

The Vidor Police Department along with the Texas Department of Public Safety is still investigating the hit-and-run crash on October 13 and the deadly crash on October 8.

Police say the suspect vehicle is white, silver or lightly colored. It is expected to have front-end damage.

Anyone who has seen the vehicle or has information that could help investigators is urged to call the Vidor Police Department at (409) 769-4561 or Crime Stoppers at (409) 833-TIPS.

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