Yates County Man Pleads Guilty in Hit and Run Case

A Yates County man pled guilty to a hit and run accident that seriously injured cyclist Kevin Royston on Townline Road just west of Rushville.

In court Wednesday, 49 year old John Stenzel, admitted he left the scene of the accident and then tried to tamper with evidence to cover it up. Stenzel was charged with leaving the scene of an accident where there was serious physical injury and tampering with physical evidence, both felonies. Ontario County District Attorney Mike Tantillo says Stenzel stuffed deer hair or tissue into the damaged headlight of his car to make it seem like he hit a deer.

Stenzel will be sentenced on two felony counts in May. He faces 1 to 3 years behind bars.

John Stenzel

Royston recaps what happened as his bike was climbing up Town Line Road that night.


Kevin Royston

Royston's leg was shattered in four places and had to be partially amputated. Royston says he'll face more operations on his leg with the goal of getting a prosthesis. According to police, tips sparked a search for a 1968 Corvette Stingray that fled the scene. According to 13WHAM prosecutors established Stenzel was a Geneva bar on that night in June but could not establish whether or not he consumed any alcohol. Stenzel has been convicted of DWI twice before.

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