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  • John Stenzel charged in summer hit-and-run where bicyclist lost leg

  • Seven month ago, cyclist Kevin Royston of Rushville lost his leg when he was hit by a car driving past him on Town Line Road near Rushville. Now, Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo said he has charged the man he alleges was behind the wheel. John Stenzel was arraigned on two charges when the grand jury indictment against him was unsealed in court Wednesday.

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  • Seven month ago, cyclist Kevin Royston of Rushville lost his leg when he was hit by a car driving past him on Town Line Road near Rushville. Now, Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo said he has charged the man he alleges was behind the wheel.
    John Stenzel was arraigned on two charges when the grand jury indictment against him was unsealed in court Wednesday. The first charge is leaving the scene of an accident where there was serious physical injury.
    Stenzel is also charged with tampering with physical evidence. Tantillo said Stenzel stuffed deer hair or tissue into the damaged headlight of his car to make it seem like the damage was caused by him hitting a deer.
    Tantillo said there was evidence he left at the scene as well.
    "The lab did confirm that the paint from the defendant's vehicle or the paint from a vehicle exactly like that is the vehicle impacted with the victim's bicycle, which gave us enough evidence to move forward with the case," he said.
    Stenzel pleaded not guilty to both charges, and he posted $5,000 bail. He's back in court Dec. 12 for a conference with attorneys and the judge.
    Royston said he didn't know about the tampering allegation until he was told by the district attorney's office.
    "It's kind of disgusting that someone would do that," Royston said.
    In June, Ontario County sheriff’s investigators said they were looking to speak with the drivers of two separate vehicles that were seen in the area of Town Line Road where Royston, a 43-year-old Rushville father, was bicycling the early evening of June 5.
    One drove an older model red Corvette. The other drove a pickup truck pulling a flatbed-style trailer with a water tank on it.
    Tantillo said the car Stenzel was driving was a red 1967 Corvette Stingray. Tantillo said it's probably a $100,000 car.
    Royston said he goes to physical therapy twice a week and fitness training three times a week. He said he can wear a prosthetic leg for two-hour stints three times a week. However, the prosthetic cut a hole in his leg, which he said will require another surgery.
    There are connections between the two men. Royston and Stenzel’s children go to school together, and their wives both work at Thompson Hospital in Canandaigua.
    "It's a small town," Royston said.
    Judge Frederick Reed suspended Stenzel’s license, but said Stenzel might get permission to drive the farm equipment on his farm.
    Includes information from Messenger Post staff.
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