Driver pleads guilty to killing bicyclist

Staff Report

Driver Ronald DiCenzo is due Jan. 18 in Lorain County Common Pleas Court to be sentenced for killing bicyclist Charles Startup.

DiCenzo, 77, of Oberlin, pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide, vehicular manslaughter, and failure to control, according to court documents. A count of leaving the scene of an accident was dropped.

Startup, 70, was struck from behind while riding on Butternut Ridge Road in New Russia Township in October of last year. A witness said DiCenzo slowed down after striking Startup, then fled the scene.

Startup was an Oberlin resident and social worker who specialized in helping children of alcoholics and sexual abuse victims, according to his LinkedIn page. An avid bicyclist, he earned a master’s degree in social work at Oberlin College.

DiCenzo is a former East Asian studies professor at the college. He retired in 2006.

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