Northland News

Court date set in hit-skip death


A Dec. 16 court date is scheduled for the woman charged with hitting and killing a St. Francis DeSales High School teacher as he rode his bicycle along a rural Delaware County Road.

Mary Kathryn Paul, 36, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and failure to stop after the Sept. 15 hit-skip crash that killed Bob Lennon.

The charges are third-degree felonies. Paul has said through her attorney that she plans to plead guilty to both. Paul faces up to six years in prison, if convicted.

The case has been assigned to a visiting judge, John W. Kessler, by the Ohio Supreme Court. Kessler is a retired Montgomery County Common Pleas judge.

Ken Oswalt, Licking County's prosecutor, has been appointed as a special prosecutor in the case.

Delaware County legal officials removed themselves from the case because Paul's father, Jerry Paul, is a trustee in Harlem Township, in the southeastern part of Delaware County.

Paul was charged Nov. 15, two months to the day after Lennon was killed while bicycling on Miller Paul Road. Mary Kathryn Paul lives on the road, about a mile from where Lennon was struck.

Lennon taught science and coached cross country at DeSales High School for about 40 years.