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Man to face felony charge in death of SOU student

Ashland man indicted for allegedly leaving the scene of the August 2021 accident that killed Hunter Roberson

An Ashland man who was allegedly driving the vehicle that killed a Southern Oregon University student in August 2021 will face a felony charge.

Elijah Benbow, 22, was indicted last month by the Jackson County grand jury for failure to perform duties of a driver to an injured person.

Hunter Riley Roberson, 23, was killed in the accident on Tolman Creek Road near Ashland Street.

Roberson was studying for a degree in health and physical education and was a member of the university’s wrestling team, according to previous reports.

“The investigation determined that Benbow was driving a vehicle that struck Roberson, and left the scene knowing he had done so,” Ashland police Chief Tighe O’Meara said in a prepared statement Friday.

Benbow was not in custody as of Friday, according to an Ashland police press release. Benbow is scheduled for arraignment March 3 in Jackson County Circuit Court.