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Zanesville man sentenced for killing 62 year-old woman in July crash

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Zanesville man sentenced for killing 62 year-old woman in July crash

By Jessica Johnston, Assistant News Director

On Tuesday, July 31, a Zanesville man fled the scene of an accident that left a woman dead. Friday morning, he was sentenced in the Licking County Court of Common Pleas to 11 years of incarceration.

Derek Weaver pleaded guilty in Judge Thomas Marcelain’s court to one count of Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, a second-degree felony,  and one count of Stopping After Accident on Public Roads or Highways, a third-degree felony, according to court documentation of Weaver’s plea.

Weaver was sentenced to eight years in prison on count one and three years in prison on count two, both prison sentences must be served consecutively.

In July, the Ohio State Highway Patrol in Granville said Weaver, 29, went left of center while driving east on U.S. 40, striking a Honda Accord driven by 62 year-old Cathie Clippinger head-on with his Dodge Ram pickup truck.

Clippinger was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

At the time of the accident, authorities believed Weaver had fled back to Zanesville after accepting rides from various people. It wasn’t until Aug. 18 that Weaver was found living in a wooded area in Perry County along with his girlfriend. Upon his capture, Weaver claimed no injury from the accident.

Count three — Tampering with Evidence, count four — Aggravated Possession of Drugs, count five — Obstructing Official Business and count six — Falsification, were all dropped in Weaver’s case.

Upon his release from prison, Weaver will have three years of mandatory post-release control.

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