Man Indicted In Death Of SOU Student


News Release from Ashland Police Dept.

Posted: February 11th, 2022 12:29 PM

On January 27, 2022 a Jackson County Grand Jury indicted Elijah Benbow, a 22 year old Ashland resident, on a single felony charge of Failing to Perform Duties of a Driver to Injured Persons. This is a class B Felony.

This charge stems from an incident on August 15, 2021 at 1:00 a.m., involving the death of Southern Oregon University student Hunter Roberson. In this incident Roberson was found on Tolman Creek Road near Ashland Street, having been struck by a motor vehicle.

The investigation determined that Benbow was driving a vehicle that struck Roberson, and left the scene knowing he had done so.

Since August 15, 2021 the investigation has been ongoing and APD has been assisted by members of the Jackson County Sherriff’s Office and the Medford Police Department.

Benbow is not in custody and is scheduled to be arraigned on March 3, 2022.

Contact Info:
Chief Tighe O’Meara

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