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UPDATE: Three new criminal charges for Winnipeg Constable accused of hit-and-run

28.11.2017 15:47
By: Craig Becker

The IIU says Justin Holz now facing five criminal charges


Victim, Cody Severight, 23

UPDATE:

The IIU investigation has led to three new criminal code charges against Constable Justin Holz, including dangerous driving, dangerous driving causing death, and driving a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration exceeding eighty milligrams of alcohol in one hundred milliliters of blood and thereby causing death.

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PREVIOUS UPDATE FROM OCTOBER 20, 2017:

The Independent Investigation Unit (IIU) says they've expanded their investigation into the fatal hit and run by an off-duty police officer that left 23-year-old Cody Severight dead.

After being notified by Winnipeg Police Thursday of "irregular and improper conduct" by the two officers involved in the "immediate aftermath" of the October 10th incident, the IIU says they'll be assessing the nature and circumstances of this new information.

The IIU also says they'll be gathering evidence to investigate the conduct of the two officers to determine if further charges should be laid.

The original investigation into the circumstances of the hit and run death continues.

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ORIGINAL STORY FROM OCTOBER 11, 2017:

Winnipeg, MB (CKLQ) - A Winnipeg police officer has been charged with a fatal hit and run.

Authorities say Constable Justin Holz, 34, was impaired and failed to stop after a male pedestrian was struck and killed near the Sutherland Hotel on Main Street Tuesday night around 8:00pm.

The victim has been identified as 23-year-old Cody Severight.

Winnipeg Police Chief Danny Smyth says Holz was arrested a short time later and will appear in court next month on charges of impaired driving causing death and failing to stop at the scene of an accident involving a death.

Manitoba's Independent Investigation Unit (IIU) is also investigating the circumstances.

The IIU was immediately notified of the accident and deployed its investigators to the scene.

The officer was arrested on allegations of impaired driving causing death and failure to stop and remain at the scene of an accident.

He was released from custody on a promise to appear in court November 22.

The IIU has requested the Manitoba Police Commission appoint a civilian monitor, as required under legislation.

The IIU is asking witnesses and other individuals who have information or video footage that may assist this investigation to contact the agency toll-free at 1-844-667-6060.