UPDATE: Man who struck, killed Ohio officer sentenced to 11 years

By  | 

MENTOR, Ohio (AP) - UPDATE: 04/13/19

A man who struck and killed an Ohio police officer directing traffic and then fled the scene has been sentenced to 11 years in prison.

A judge on Friday handed down the maximum sentenced to 25-year-old Brian Anthony, of Kirtland.

Authorities say Anthony struck 41-year-old Mentor police officer Mathew Mazany around 1 a.m. June 24 as Mazany assisted with a traffic stop on a Lake County freeway.

Anthony surrendered to police later that day. A Lake County assistant prosecutor said Anthony tested positive for alcohol and heroin.

At his sentencing, Anthony apologized to the officer's family.

His defense attorney said Anthony bought what he thought was cocaine, but it turned out to be fentanyl.

(Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

UPDATE: 03/03/19

A man in Ohio has pleaded guilty to a hit-and-run that left a police officer dead.

Prosecutors say Brian Anthony was drunk and high on drugs when he struck the officer in Mentor last June.

Anthony entered a guilty plea to a string of charges Friday, including aggravated vehicular homicide and a failure to stop after an accident.

He’s set to be sentenced on April 12.

Officer Mathew Mazany was struck while conducting a traffic stop.

The driver drove away after the crash, but the car was later located and traced back to Anthony.

UPDATE: 06/30/18 4:35 P.M.

Services have been set for a police officer who was struck and killed while assisting with a traffic stop outside of Cleveland.

Visitation for Mentor Patrolman Mathew Mazany is scheduled from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at Monreal Funeral Home in Eastlake.

After a short private service for family and law enforcement officers, a public service will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at Mentor High School.

Twenty-four-year-old Brian Anthony has pleaded not guilty to leaving the scene of an accident and tampering with evidence. Police said he fled after striking Mazany early last Sunday on State Route 2. Anthony reportedly told police he didn't know he had hit anyone.

Mentor is about 25 miles (40 kilometers) east of Cleveland.

(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

UPDATE: 6/25/2018, 6:24 P.M.

The driver accused of killing a Mentor, Ohio police officer during a hit-and-run crash was arraigned in court this morning.

41-year-old Brian Anthony of Kirtland, appeared in court, where he pleaded not guilty and bond was denied.

The deadly incident happened around 1 A.M. Sunday on Ohio State Route 2 eastbound, near Ohio State Route 306.

The officer, identified as 41-year-old Mathew Mazany, was assisting with a traffic stop when Anthony, who was driving a Jeep, struck Mazany and fled the scene.

Mazany was taken to Tripoint Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Police say a citizen called with a tip after seeing the Jeep involved in the incident parked at a marina.

The jeep's owner told police his son borrowed the vehicle and had not returned home.

Anthony's father urged him to turn himself in.

Mentor Police Chief Kevin Knight described what happened during Brian Anthony's arrest:

"He was taken to Tripoint Hospital to have blood and urine obtained to determine if alcohol or drugs contributed to the accident. At this time he is being charged with leaving the scene of an accident a third degree felony and tampering with evidence also a third degree felony and that's for trying to hide the car. Additional charges will be forthcoming depending on the results of the chemical tests that were administered at the hospital."

According to Knight, Anthony said he didn't stop after the crash because he wasn't sure he hit anything.

UPDATE: 06/24/18 11:45 P.M.

Cleveland NBC affiliate, WKYC, reports one person is in custody in connection with the fatal hit-and-run of the police officer.

Further details including the identities of the officer and the suspect are set to be released at a press conference in Mentor, Monday at 11 a.m.

ORIGINAL STORY: 06/24/18 7:09 P.M.

Authorities say a police officer stopped to assist with a traffic stop in Ohio and a driver fatally struck him and fled the scene.

Mentor police say the officer was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police have not released the name of the officer killed in the crash around 1 a.m. on Ohio 2. Mentor is about 25 miles (40 kilometers) northeast of Cleveland.

Police are searching for the driver of a dark-colored, late-model Jeep Wrangler with damage to its right front and possibly right side.

Anyone with information about the crash or the vehicle is asked to contact Mentor police.

(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station. powered by Disqus