Investigators said on Friday that they planned to file charges against a person of interest in a fatal hit and run crash.
Officials told 10TV News late Thursday that they had identified a person of interest in the crash that killed local teacher and coach Robert Lennon on Sunday while he was riding his bicycle on Miller Paul Road in Delaware County.
“We don't have any charges filed at this time,” said Lt. Anne Ralston of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
On Thursday night, investigators seized a gray Chrysler Sebring from a home on Miller Paul Road, not far from where the crash occurred.
“We do have a suspect. It’s important for us to make sure we do that proper processing,” Ralston told 10TV’s Jason Frazer.
10TV News obtained a copy of the search warrant, which stated that the person of interest initially said the damage to the vehicle was sustained in a collision with a deer.
The warrant also states that a family member of the driver called a Delaware County Sheriff's Sergeant to ask if the damage to the
vehicle was consistent with a crash involving a deer. The deputy said that it was not.
“I think he's been in law enforcement long enough that it triggered his intuition and he made the right phone call to the state
patrol right away,” said Delaware County Sheriff Russ Martin.
According to court documents, the owner later admitted the damage was caused by hitting someone.
10TV News did not name the person of interest, since charges were not immediately filed.
Officials said it could be more than a week until charges were filed.
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