Driver identified in deadly Lorain County hit-skip with bicyclist

Driver identified in deadly Lorain County hit-skip with bicyclist
(Source: WOIO)

NEW RUSSIA TOWNSHIP, OH (WOIO) - The Ohio State Highway Patrol has released the identity of the driver involved in a fatal hit-skip with a bicyclist in Lorain County over the weekend.

On Saturday around 4:50 p.m., the OSHP says Charles Startup, 70, of Oberlin, was on his bicycle heading eastbound on Butternut Ridge Road when he was struck from behind by a dark-colored Ford. According to a witness, after striking the bicyclist, the driver slowed down, then fled the scene.

Startup was transported by air ambulance to MetroHealth Hospital in Cleveland, where he was pronounced dead.

The OSHP says Startup was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

On Monday, the OSHP received a tip identifying a possible suspect vehicle in the Oberlin area.

On Wednesday, Oberlin Police located the vehicle parked in front of a residence and called OSHP to assist. Through further investigation, it was determined this was the vehicle involved in the deadly crash.

The vehicle involved has been positively identified as a black 2014 Ford Focus owned by Ronald Dicenzo, 76, of Oberlin. OSHP says Dicenzo has been identified as the driver involved in the crash and is cooperating with investigators.

Charges are pending.

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