Collierville man charged with manslaughter after fatal hit-and-run in Oxford – FOX13 News Memphis

OXFORD, Miss. – Two Collierville men have been arrested in connection with a fatal hit-and-run outside Oxford City Hall.

Oxford Police said 24-year-old Seth Rokitka and 18-year-old Tristan Holland have been charged in connection with the crime that left one Ole Miss student dead and another injured.

Rokitka has been charged with manslaughter, aggravated DUI, one count of duty of driver involved in accident resulting in death and one count of duty of driver involved in accident resulting in personal injury.

Holland was arrested in Shelby County, charged with accessory after the fact and will be extradited back to Oxford, the Oxford Police Department (OPD) said.

According to Oxford Police, Rokitka was arrested after his truck was found wrecked in Marshall County, Mississippi.

OPD said the two men had no previous interactions with the two Ole Miss students before the fatal hit-and-run, and neither Rokitka nor Holland stopped to vent, despite knowing what they just did done.

Oxford Mayor Robyn Tannehill identified the student who died as Walker Fielder in a Facebook post.

According to the Oxford Police Department, officers went to the rear parking lot of City Hall around 1 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, after receiving calls about an injured man and woman.

Fielder was reportedly pronounced dead at Baptist Memorial Hospital in North Mississippi, while the other victim was transported to Regional One for treatment.

“Terrible, terrible,” Ole Miss sophomore Robert Tilotta said. “I couldn’t imagine.”

Tilotta said Downtown Oxford was packed with students celebrating the school’s win over Auburn Saturday night and Sunday morning.

“We had a game at 11, so people had been drinking all day,” junior Jake Cartwright said. “And it happened at 1 a.m., so they’d probably been drinking for 13 hours or something.”

Tilotta said he saw one of the men at a bar Saturday night.

“He was in the Rafters earlier, probably around 7pm,” he said. “He tried to fight my friend and his father who were visiting him.”

He said he saw the person in the red shirt get kicked out of the bar as he tripped.

“Causing trouble with everybody, trying to fight everybody,” Tilotta said.

Mayor Tannehill assured the public that finding justice for the students and their families is a top priority, writing on Facebook:

“I cannot let the sun go down on this terrible day without making a statement about the tragic event that happened in our community early this morning. As many of you have already heard, two students were injured in the parking lot behind City Hall. They were both immediately transferred to Baptist Memorial Hospital – North Mississippi. Unfortunately, the male student, Walker Fielder of Madison, Mississippi, died from his injuries. A female Ole Miss student remains hospitalized in Memphis. Please follow the Oxford Police social media accounts Department for information regarding the details of the incident and the arrests. Information will be released to the public when it is appropriate to do so. Since this is an ongoing investigation, information may not be as readily available as some would hope, but I promise you, that these families and finding justice for these students are our top priorities and the case will be handled with as much compassion as possible f or them involved. I am proud of the Oxford Police Department and their dedication to these families and to getting answers. They are consummate professionals and I am honored to work with them.

I am writing to you tonight as a mother with a broken heart for these families, for their precious friends, for their sorority sisters and fraternity brothers, for their hometowns and for our community as we all face another terrible storm. I am writing to ask for your prayers for Walker’s mother and father and sister as they mourn the loss of this young man who was beautiful and kind and talented and loved by so many. Pray for peace and comfort for those who only come from our Heavenly Father. I am asking you to pray for the complete healing of the female student. Please pray for wisdom for her doctors and nurses. Please pray that her injuries and her heart will be healed. The physical and emotional pain these families are experiencing is unimaginable.

Oxford is a community that comforts those who need comfort. Perhaps it comes from practice and from times of trial that we wish we could pray away, but nevertheless, Oxford always steps up when things are difficult and when people need us. These two families need us. They need our prayers. They need us to surround them with those who love them and are God’s hands and feet. Times like these make us cherish our time with those we love. You have my commitment that we will continue to do everything we can to make Oxford, Mississippi the safest community to go to school, live and visit.”

Dean Marsh urged the community to join in mourning Fielder – and hope for the other victim’s recovery, writing in a statement:

“We received the heartbreaking news that one of our students was killed early this morning and another was seriously injured after they were hit by a vehicle driving near the Square. We have been in contact with the families to offer our condolences and our support I ask the community to join us in mourning the tragic loss of a life taken too soon and we hope and pray that our injured student makes a full recovery from his injuries.

We understand that this can be a very unsettling time for our campus community and we encourage anyone who needs assistance to visit the following university support services”

· University Counseling Center

· UMatter: Student support and advocacy

· Student health service

· Psychological Service Center

· Clinic for Outreach and Personal Enrichment (COPE)

Ole Miss Chancellor Glenn F Boyce said in a statement:

What had been a beautiful autumn Saturday in Oxford ended with a horrific event that took the life of one of our students. Walker Fielder, a junior from Madison, Mississippi, was killed and sophomore Blanche Williamson, a sophomore from Raleigh, North Carolina, was seriously injured after they were struck by a vehicle in a hit-and-run. at the square. It is a painful and disturbing development for our campus community, and understandably emotions are high with many unanswered questions about what happened.

Please join Walker’s family, friends, classmates and others in offering condolences. Walker was a leader in the Sigma Chi fraternity and a very popular member of our campus community. While there are no words that can ease the deep sorrow that his friends and family are experiencing, please keep them close in your thoughts and prayers during this time of tremendous grief.

Additionally, please pray that Blanche continues to heal and make a full recovery. She needs our support, love and care.

I am grateful to the Oxford Police Department for its quick response. They are working with other law enforcement agencies to vigorously investigate this case, and two suspects who are not affiliated with our university are now in custody. Our community can help investigators by avoiding public speculation about what happened or why, and sharing relevant information if you have it. If you have information that can help, please contact the Oxford Police Department at 662-232-2400, the University Police Department at 662-915-7234 or CrimeStoppers at 662-234-8799. As this case is an ongoing investigation, OPD will share updates with the public as they are able.

We are a tight-knit and welcoming campus and community, which is what makes this action so jarring to us.


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