Northland News

DeSales teacher killed

Patrol searching for driver in hit-skip fatality


A prayer vigil was held at St. Francis DeSales High School Monday morning, Sept. 16, for longtime teacher and coach Robert Lennon, who was killed in a hit-and-run accident over the weekend.

Lennon, 64, of the North Side, was riding his bicycle in a rural area of southeastern Delaware County when he was hit. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, he was traveling on Miller-Paul Road north of Fancher Road, about two miles east of Hoover Reservoir, at the time of the accident.

Troopers were alerted to the crash at 12:19 p.m. by other cyclists who had spotted Lennon's body in a roadside ditch and called for help.

The force of the crash nearly broke Lennon's carbon-fiber bike in half.

Lt. Anne Ralston, a patrol spokeswoman, said investigators think Lennon was southbound on Miller-Paul Road when he was struck about 11:30 a.m. by a southbound car that left the scene.

"We believe that vehicle is a gray car and that it has substantial right front-end damage," Ralston said.

Investigators are searching for a gray car with substantial right front-end damage and possibly a broken windshield. Anyone with information about the car or its driver is asked to call the Delaware post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol at 740-548-6688.

The car also might have a broken windshield.

Anyone with information about the car or its driver is asked to call the Delaware patrol post at 740-548-6688.

In addition to teaching science at the school, Lennon had been the cross country coach at DeSales for more than 35 years. He also coached the Stallions' boys basketball team from 1978-84, compiling a 59-66 record. His boys teams qualified for state competition in 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979 and 2003, finishing fourth in 1977.

"This likely was going to be his last year, which is the tragedy in all of this," DeSales Principal Dan Garrick said.

"It's rough," student Annie Kobermann said. "My sister and I have been with him for seven years. It's really tough for me because he was like a second dad to me almost."

ThisWeek sports reporter Dave Purpura and WBNS-10TV contributed to this story.