On Monday morning, officials identified the police officer and the suspect involved in a deadly hit-and-run over the weekend.
The officer who died in the hit-skip early Sunday morning during a traffic stop on State Route 2 is identified as Officer Mathew Mazany, a 14-year veteran of the Mentor Police Department. Mazany was 41 years old. He leaves behind a son, brother and father.
On Sunday, Mazany was called as backup to help with an arrest of a passenger who had a warrant out from another agency. He was standing outside of another police cruiser and began approaching the stopped vehicle when he was struck by a Jeep Wrangler, according to Mentor Police Chief Kevin Knight. He was treated by Mentor officers and firefighters on scene and then transported to TriPoint Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
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