Dicenzo charged in October hit-skip that left Oberlin cyclist dead

Staff Report

A 76-year-old man was charged Monday with vehicular homicide in connection to death of well-known Oberlinean Charles Startup.

Ronald Dicenzo of Oberlin also faces charges of failure to maintain an assured clear distance and leaving the scene of a fatal motor vehicle crash stemming from the deadly Oct. 10 incident in New Russia Township

He is accused of hitting Startup, 70, at 4:48 p.m. on Butternut Ridge Road. Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers say Dicenzo was behind the wheel of a black Ford Focus while Startup was riding his bicycle.

A witness told investigators Dicenzo slowed down after hitting Startup and then fled the scene.

Startup was taken by LifeFlight helicopter to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland where he was pronounced dead.

According to the Patrol, Startup was wearing a safety helmet at the time of the crash.

Deputies received a tip from a resident identifying the possible vehicle involved in the crash and on Oct. 13 the car was confirmed to be the one involved in the crash. It was parked in front of Dicenzo’s home.

Dicenzo appeared Tuesday in Oberlin Municipal Court and pleaded not guilty.

Staff Report