Westerville News & Public Opinion

Paul sentenced in death of former DeSales coach

A Delaware woman was sentenced in Delaware County Common Pleas Court Monday, Feb. 24, to 4 1/2 years in prison in the death of a popular St. Francis DeSales High School teacher and coach killed while riding his bicycle a rural road in September along.

Mary Kathryn Paul, 36 also will lose her driver's license for life. She will begin serving her sentence immediately.

Paul pleaded guilty in December to one count of involuntary manslaughter and one count of fleeing the scene. She struck Lennon, 64, as he was riding along Miller-Paul Road in Delaware County, east of Hoover reservoir near the house where she lives with her parents.

Lennon, an avid bicyclist, coached cross-country and taught science at DeSales for 40 years.

Paul told John W. Kessler, the visiting judge assigned to the case, she thought she had hit a mailbox. She did not stop her vehicle after hitting the cyclist. She said she wasn't wearing her glasses at the time and suffers from diabetes and depression.

A special prosecutor handling the case has said coroner's reports indicate Lennon died instantly.

-- WBNS-10TV