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Woman Who Admitted to Fatal Crash Still Not Charged

HARLEM TOWNSHIP (Tom Bosco/Kate Liebers) More than six weeks after a teacher died from a hit-and-run, no one has been charged not even the person who admitted it.

Robert Lennon, a St. Francis DeSales teacher, was riding his bicycle when he was struck by a motorist on Sept. 16 in Delaware County. The driver fled the scene but, a few days later, a woman took responsibility for the crash. 

She was not charged, however, because the Delaware County Prosecutor represents the father of the suspect. The woman called for a special prosecutor to avoid a conflict of interest.

The father also admitted to a crime getting rid of some of the evidence but he, too, has not been charged.

Licking County Prosecutor Ken Oswalt said whether one or two people would be charged in connection to the fatal hit-and-run would depend on the grand jury.

But first, Oswalt is waiting to collect more information. He said the Ohio State Highway Patrol is still continuing its investigation, and he has yet to receive forensics and an autopsy report on the cyclist.

He said he would rather take his time and get it right than rush.

In the meantime, Oswalt said the suspect is not a flight risk and has been cooperative.

"They agreed to an interview last Friday and are cooperative to that degree that they provided a statement," he said.

 
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