Man arrested after deadly hit-and-run in Benton County

One man is dead and another is fighting for his life after being hit by a truck on Highway 20, deputies said.

Posted: Jan 15, 2018 11:58 AM
Updated: Jan 15, 2018 12:16 PM

PHILOMATH, Ore. -- A Toledo man is facing manslaughter charges after a deadly hit-and-run crash in Benton County.

Deputies arrested Ricky Ray Ferguson at 11:30 p.m. on Saturday on several charges.

They said earlier that day Ferguson hit two community volunteers that were picking up trash along Highway 20 and drove off.

One of the victims, 70-year-old Robert Ozretich, died at the scene. The other victim, 85-year-old Allan Deutsch was rushed to a Corvallis hospital and remains in the Intensive Care Unit.

Ferguson was taken into custody about four hours later after his truck was spotted at the Blodgett Store, west of Philomath. Benton County deputies said he altered the appearance of his Ford F250 pickup after the crash.

Ferguson is facing charges of manslaughter, assault, reckless driving, hit-and-run, and tampering with evidence.

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