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A Night Out Ends in a Life Lost in Eugene, OR - R.I.P. Kelly Ann Hover

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A Night Out Ends In A Life Lost

It was a warm August Saturday night like most others in Eugene, Oregon.  Jessica Tutt, Andrew Michael Rosborough, and Kelly Ann Hover were enjoying friendship and a few drinks at Taboo, a downtown Eugene nightclub, with employees of KNRQ Rock 97.9 FM, owned by Cumulus Broadcasting.

Twenty-one year-old Tutt worked as a receptionist at Cumulus Broadcasting and studied graphic design at Lane Community College.  Rosborough, 22, was "Icky" on KNRQ's morning radio show, "Vinnie & Icky."  Hover, 21, worked at El Torito Mexican Restaurant as a waitress.

Around 3:00 am on Sunday, August 13, 2006, the three friends headed home after a fun night out.  Tutt drove her pickup truck.  Rosborough and Hover rode in the truck bed behind.  The truck headed for southwest Eugene, passed Churchill High School, turned south onto Warren Street, and climbed the hill.  Hover was kneeling on the tool cargo box behind the cab.

As the truck approached Timberline Drive, Hover lost her balance and fell onto the asphalt, causing serious head injuries.  Tutt turned around and called 911.  Rosborough tried to revive Hover before the paramedics arrived.  Holver later died at Sacred Heart Medical Center.  She left behind her parents, three grandparents and three sisters. Memorial to Kelly Ann Hover on Warren Street in Eugene, Oregon

Kelly Ann Hover (11/19/1984 to 08/13/2006)

Her tragic accident happened well over a decade ago, but her memorial continues to be cared for.  A note card hangs from the cross with a heartfelt message from Kelly's mother.  Kelly's life may have been cut short, but her memory lives on in the minds of family and friends.

Mother's Card to her Daughter Kelly Ann Hover

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Rick Obst is an Arizona native who moved to Eugene, Oregon in 2005 and fell in love with the verdant Pacific Northwest.  He enjoys photography and discovering the many people, places, and events that make this part of the world so special.

To learn more about Eugene, Lane County, and western Oregon, visit 365 and More Things to do in Lane County, Oregon on Facebook.  You'll see hundreds of pictures and links to discover the beauty and attractions of this special area.


Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Rick,
This is so sad.  I can't imagine the grief for the family. 

Feb 25, 2018 10:07 AM
Retired from ActiveRain

I pass by this memorial on my walks through the neighborhood and I usually pause briefly to pay my respects.  I remember reading about this in the local paper when it happened.  The mother's note speaks to the deep sense of loss even many years later.

Feb 25, 2018 11:13 AM
Renee Hover

Hello Rick, I just saw your post about my daughter Kelly. I appreciate your thoughtfulness of paying your respects to her. As you may know this was a devastating event that happened to my whole family. The note that I left was written out of pure love and grief from my heart. The fact that I will not see her smiling face or hear her laughter ever again. This month marks the 12th year and it still feels like it was yesterday. I would like to say that I am not alone when I say that to a parent the pain and loss of a child never goes away no matter how old they were or how long they have been gone.


Aug 02, 2018 02:18 PM