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UPDATE: Delaware Co. Prosecutors File Charges in Fatal Hit-and-Run

DELAWARE (Ken Hines/Kate Liebers) -- The driver accused of fleeing the scene of a crash that killed a cyclist has promised to plead guilty.

Delaware County authorities have charged Mary "Katy" Paul with involuntary manslaughter and failure to stop after an accident -- both felonies -- in connection with the September 15 death of St. Francis DeSales teacher Robert Lennon.

Lennon, 64, was on his bicycle along Miller-Paul Road in Harlem Township when he was struck from behind and killed by a vehicle allegedly operated by Paul.

Days after the crash, Paul allegedly admitted to investigators that she was the driver responsible for Lennon's death. Charges were delayed for nearly two months due to a variety of reasons, including a conflict of interest that exists between her father, Jerry, and the Delaware County Prosecutor.

Licking County Prosecutor Kenneth Oswalt, who was brought in to act as a special prosecutor on the case, also blamed the delay on the process of deciding if Paul would face felony charges.

"The state highway patrol, and all the law enforcement officers in this case, did their job, and did it well, and did it timely," Oswalt said. "Doing the right thing, making sure you do it correctly, sometimes takes a little longer than we would all like."

Jerry Paul is believed to have admitted to investigators that he disposed of evidence related to the fatal crash before his daughter came forward.

Oswalt does not believe sufficient evidence exists to file charges against Jerry Paul, but did not dismiss that possibility.

Paul faces up to six years in prison if convicted of the charges.

Lennon spent more than 40 years at DeSales, where he worked as a science teacher and cross country coach.

 
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