CLE Hts. hit-skip suspect gets 2 years in prison

Posted at 2:42 PM, Feb 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-04 14:42:47-05

Derrick Platzar was sentenced to two years in prison on Thursday for his involvement in a hit-skip incident that left the victim with severe injuries. 

Platzar, 29, faced charges for aggravated vehicular assault and tampering with evidence.

On the evening of Oct. 3, 2013, 58-year-old Mindy Manyo was riding her bike along Fairmount Boulevard when, according to a Cleveland Heights Police incident report, witnesses heard screeching tires and a loud crash.

Witnesses said a car hit Manyo near the intersection with Lee Road and kept going.

Hear what Manyo had to say after Derrick Platzar appeared in court. Watch her interview in the video player above.

Plaztar was sentenced in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court. His attorney blamed drugs and alcohol for the hit-skip. Counsel said Platzar was in a 'dark palce.' Judge Joan Syndenberg countered, stating Platzar was in a program to help him with his issues at the time and 'that in itself is deplorable.'

Platzar was found guilty on three counts and given a two-year prison sentence.