Victim’s family seeks justice
A curbside vigil for a man killed in a hit-and-run allegedly involving a city police officer evoked a mixture of sorrow, remembrance and anger Wednesday afternoon.
The family of Cody Severight called for justice prior to the pipe ceremony, just outside the Sutherland Hotel, where the 23-year-old was struck Tuesday night. The driver sped from the scene and was later apprehended by police.
Const. Justin Holz, 34, has been charged with impaired driving causing death and failure to stop at the scene of an accident.
“It isn’t right,” the victim’s aunt, Nancy Gabriel, told reporters. “(Severight’s) not a dog or anything, he’s a human... a nice guy. This happens too many times. When does it ever stop?”
Severight’s grandmother, Gloria Lebold, said police never contacted the immediate family to notify them he had succumbed to his injuries.
“Nobody came to my door to let me know my grandson passed on,” she said. “Nobody told me anything. As a grandmother, I should have been told.”