Ashland man charged with killing SOU wrestler Hunter Roberson with his vehicle | Best Stories

ASHLAND, Ore. — An Ashland man has been indicted by a Jackson County grand jury for an alleged hit-and-run that resulted in the death of Southern Oregon University wrestler Hunter Roberson.

Elijah Benbow, 22, faces a single felony charge for failing to perform his duties as a driver of injured persons, according to the Ashland Police Department.

Around 1 a.m. on August 15 last year, Roberson was found on Tolman Creek Road near Ashland Street. He had been hit by a car and did not survive, according to Ashland police.






The inquest into Roberson’s death found Benbow was driving the vehicle that hit the SOU student, APD said, and he left the scene knowing he had hit someone.

The APD said the investigation has since been ongoing, with the help of detectives from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and the Medford Police Department.

Benbow is not currently in custody, the APD said, and he is expected to be arraigned on March 3. He was charged on January 27.

SOU has publicly acknowledged Roberson’s death at the time it happened, but has not released any details about how it happened.

This is a developing story and will be updated with more details as they emerge.

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Robert J. King