Preliminary hearing begins for former Winnipeg police officer charged in hit-and-run

CTV Winnipeg
Published Monday, March 4, 2019 7:39AM CST
Last Updated Monday, March 4, 2019 7:56AM CST

A Winnipeg police officer is appearing in court Monday for the preliminary hearing of his role in a fatal hit and run.

Const. Justin Holz, an 8-year member of the Winnipeg Police Service is facing a number of charges, including dangerous driving, dangerous driving causing death, and driving with a blood alcohol concentration exceeding eighty milligrams and thereby causing death.

Cody Severight, 23, died Oct. 10, 2017 after being hit by a vehicle at the intersection of Main Street and Sutherland Avenue. 

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Holz, 34, was initially charged with impaired driving causing death and failing to stop and the scene of an accident involving death. He now faces three additional charges.

He was released on a promise to appear in court and has been placed on administrative leave.

Police Chief Danny Smyth said that on the night of the hit and run, Holz, who was off-duty at the time, was given a breathalyzer test three to four hours after arresting officers suspected he was impaired.

– With files from The Canadian Press