Vic­tim’s fam­ily seeks jus­tice

Winnipeg Free Press - - FRONT PAGE - RANDY TURNER

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.”

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