MENTOR, Ohio -- The officer killed in a hit-skip on Sunday has been identified as Officer Mathew Mazany, a 14-year veteran of the Mentor Police Department.
Officials say Mazany, 41, was hit by a Jeep while helping with a traffic stop on the side of Route 2 around 1 a.m. Sunday. The driver of the Jeep didn’t stop and fled the scene. Mazany was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Mazany has a son.
The suspect has been identified as Brian Anthony, 24, of Kirtland. He was arrested after investigators found the Jeep involved in the hit-skip at Mentor Lagoons Marina a few hours after the incident.
Anthony faces charges of tampering with evidence and leaving the scene of an accident. He was arraigned Monday morning and pleaded not guilty. The judge ordered that he be held without bond.
In the meantime, a Mentor police vehicle has been transformed into a memorial.
The vehicle is located in front of the police station. So many people had been bringing items to the police station since the death was announced, and some of them started to put them around the cruiser.
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