DELAWARE, Ohio - At first, the family of the suspect in the hit-and-run crash that killed a St. Francis DeSales High School coach and teacher believed she had hit a deer. But after a Delaware County deputy sheriff interviewed her on Thursday night, investigators say, she admitted she'd hit a person on Miller Paul Road, the same road where Bob Lennon was killed last weekend as he was bicycling.
DELAWARE, Ohio — At first, the family of the suspect in the hit-and-run crash that killed a St. Francis DeSales High School coach and teacher believed she had hit a deer.
But after a Delaware County deputy sheriff interviewed her on Thursday night, investigators say, she admitted she’d hit a person on Miller Paul Road, the same road where Bob Lennon was killed last weekend as he was bicycling.
State Highway Patrol investigators seized her car, a charcoal-gray Chrysler Sebring, in connection with Lennon’s death. They spent Thursday and yesterday interviewing the woman, though no charges had been filed.
Staff Lt. Anne Ralston, a patrol spokeswoman, said investigators wanted to do more interviews and gather more evidence before filing charges.
“We are being cautious, and we are following protocol,” Ralston said.
The Dispatch is not naming the suspect because she has not been charged.
In a news conference yesterday, the patrol showed reporters the car. Its front windshield had been shattered and part of it removed. The front bumper is missing. There is serious damage to its right side.
According to a search-warrant affidavit, the suspect’s father called the deputy on Tuesday and asked the deputy to come by the family’s home on Miller Paul Road to discuss something.
On Thursday, the deputy went to the house, which is less than a mile from where Lennon’s body was found on Sunday. The deputy, Sgt. Larry Dore, looked at the car and questioned the suspect, who said she had hit a person.
Cyclists found Lennon’s body on Sunday along Miller Paul Road in southeastern Delaware County. Investigators believe Lennon, 64, was struck from behind about 11:30 a.m. by a driver who didn’t stop.
An autopsy showed that he died from blows to his head and chest.
Lennon, a longtime teacher and cross country coach at DeSales, had been out for a bike ride on Sunday on Miller Paul Road, but investigators have not been able to confirm whether he was on his bike or off when he was killed.
His bike and helmet have been sent to the state crime lab for testing.
Ralston said Lennon’s family had been notified that investigators believe they have found the person who killed him.
“It’s just a feeling of accomplishment, right now, that we’re moving this investigation forward,” she said.