MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — A 45-year-old man appeared in court Monday afternoon after his arrest by Myrtle Beach police in connection with Sunday’s hit-and-run death of an Elon University student, police said.
Jason Todd Sauro, 45, of Myrtle Beach, had a bond hearing at 4 p.m. Monday. His bond was set at $50,000. Police have charged him with hit-and-run resulting in death.
The city wanted Sauro’s bond denied, but the judge in the case did not find him to be a flight risk and set it at $50,000. Sauro had a 2011 traffic offense but was found not guilty of that in 2012, and has no other record according to the judge.
Jackson Yelle, 21, a junior from North Eastham, Massachusetts, was killed while he was on a weekend trip to Myrtle Beach with members of the Club Baseball team, the university said Sunday.
Police said an unresponsive man was found at 7:24 a.m. Sunday near Highway 17 Bypass north of 21st Avenue North. Investigators determined that the was hit at about 1:30 a.m. while trying to cross Highway 17 Bypass.
Yelle’s father, Scott, did an interview with Elon News Network talking about his tragic loss.
“It’s, you know, it’s a tough world. And we got to look out for each other, take care of each other,” Scott Yelle said. “I think he would want that, I think he would want people to go on living and not be too sad for him.”
“You know, he was notorious for saying ‘oh, I’m fine,’ I think that would be his attitude still,” Scott Yelle continued.
Anyone with information about the investigation is asked to contact the Myrtle Beach Police Department and reference report 23-004451.
The university said resources will be available for students who need help during this time.
“The death of a student is a heartbreaking loss,” the university said in a statement. “Please keep Jackson’s family and friends in your thoughts at this challenging time and continue to care for each other in the days and weeks ahead.”
A vigil is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Numen Lumen Pavilion on the Elon University campus, in Elon, North Carolina, east of Greensboro.