Thursday, November 29, 2018




Lake Carmel bicyclist killed by alleged drunk driver


LAKE CARMEL – A Lake Carmel man out for a late-night bike ride was struck and killed on Route 52 near Palmer Trail in Lake Carmel by a man who authorities alleged was intoxicated at the time.

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office arrested Silvio Tenesaca, 49, of Kent on charges of vehicular manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident, both felonies, in addition to DWI, after he drove to the sheriff’s office in Carmel reporting that he had struck a deer or a person while driving his car.

Authorities returned to the scene with Tenesaca and found the body of George Rosalino, 53, in a ditch along the shoulder of Route 52 with the crumpled bicycle nearby.  

The tragic incident took place Tuesday between 9:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., said police who added that Tenesaca, who owns an auto transmission shop on Route 52 a short distance from where the incident occurred, left the business and was headed home when he struck the cyclist.

Tenesaca reportedly went to his residence and called Carmel Police advising that he believed his vehicle struck a deer. Carmel PD told the caller to notify his local police department and Tenesaca then drove to the sheriff’s office to report the incident at 11 p.m. Deputies responded, found the body and took Tenesaca into custody.

Tenesaca was sent to the Putnam Correctional Facility in lieu of $50,000 bail or $100,000 bond pending future court action.  If found guilty of the top charge Tenesaca could face up to 15 years in state prison.


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