Students Mourn Track Coach Killed By Hit And Run Driver


Students who were coached by a man killed by a hit and run driver honored him tonight at a track meet.

"I was in shock to be honest. It was kind of crazy. I didn't believe it at first," said Ian Lawson.

St. Francis DeSales coach Bob Lennon was hit and killed by a driver that fled the scene on Miller Paul Road in Delaware County on September 15th.

Investigators say other cyclists found Lennon's body in a ditch.

"He was probably the most caring person I've ever met," said assistant coach Emily Rizek.
Wednesday was not about mourning for the students. It was about honoring the good work that Lennon did for the team.

"He does need to see that we care and we won't forget him and we'll always remember him," Rizek said.

Before Wednesday's meet at Whetstone High School, teammates put on black arm bands with Bob's name on it.

"We'll also have a picture of him on our backs," said Lawson.

While Lennon wasn't there to greet his team at the finish line, Rizek says having fans there helps them cope with this unforeseeable loss.

"I don't know that we could do it without all of these people. That's what's helping me get through it and that's what's helping the whole team."

The state patrol believes the driver who killed Lennon was driving a charcoal colored vehicle.
The car may have heavy front end damage and a cracked windshield.   

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