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Columbus Students Honor Teacher Killed in Hit-and-Run Crash
COLUMBUS (Terri Sullivan/Ken Hines) -- High school students formed a special honor guard Wednesday afternoon to pay tribute to a teacher killed in a hit-and-run crash.
Hundreds of St. Francis DeSales students walked along Karl Road as a hearse carried the body of Robert Lennon, a teacher and cross country coach who was struck and killed September 15 while biking on Miller Paul Road.
"I don't think think Mr. Lennon realized how many lives he had touched, but he truly did," DeSales principal Jim Jones said.
Students participating in the honor guard walked slowly and silently in a single line, with hands over their hearts.
"Obviously, Mr. Lennon wasn't their dad, or their brother, or their uncle," Jones said. "But he's family. And they paid a great tribute to him today."
The students followed the hearse to a North Columbus church, where mourners gathered for Lennon's wake.
"It doesn't hit you all the time until certain moments, like when you're with your own family," Jones said. "And you realize what it could be like if someone you truly loved wasn't there anymore."
Lennon's funeral will be held at DeSales on Thursday.
Investigators are searching for a charcoal-colored car with a smashed windshield and heavy front-end damage in connection with the crash that took Lennon's life.
Anyone with information about the crash is encouraged to contact the Delaware Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol at 740-548-6011.