Hundreds of St. Francis DeSales High School students and educators gathered in the school’s gymnasium Monday morning to remember a teacher and a coach who was killed on Sunday.
Robert Lennon, a longtime science teacher and coach at the school, was struck and killed while riding his bicycle along Miller Paul Road near Robins Road in Delaware County on Sunday afternoon at about 1 p.m.
The school's principal said on Monday that Lennon, who had been with the school or 40 years, died doing something he loved.
"He was an avid cycler, logging many, many miles, and while there is tragedy in the way he was taken from us, there is also a little symmetry to that," said Principal Dan Garrick.
Garrick said that counseling would be made available throughout the week to those at the school who need it.
Most recently, Lennon coached girls and boys cross country and track teams.
“Mr. Lennon was a really important part of my life; he’s been coaching me for many years,” said cross country co-captain Kristin Faulkner.
For members of the girls cross country team, including the captains, the news of their coach’s death hit hard.
Lennon coached the girls at a cross country meet on Saturday, one day before he was killed.
“He was running around laughing, making jokes, and it’s weird to not have that coming back on Monday,” said co-captain Annie Kobermann.
Ohio State Highway Patrol officials are searching for the driver who struck Lennon and then took off.
The vehicle was described as a charcoal-colored vehicle with heavy front-end damage, possibly with a broken windshield.
Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call OSP officials at 740-548-6688.
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