‘We’re not going to let this one slide’: Family of Winnipeg hit and run victim wants apology from cop – Manitoba

The sister of a man killed in a hit and run this week wants an apology from the off-duty Winnipeg police officer who has been charged in his death. 

Terri Brass made the plea as a small crowd gathered Thursday night outside the Sutherland Hotel for a second vigil to mourn Cody Severight while vowing to sue police for the death.

“He should have been here and said sorry to us,” said a tearful Brass, standing only steps from where her brother was killed Tuesday. 

Brass said it’s not too late for Const. Justin Holz to come forward with an apology and vowed to remain respectful if he did decide to come forward.

“I bet you he’s hurting himself right now,” she said. 

Holz is out on bail, and his lawyer stresses he hasn’t been found guilty of a crime.

Family has history of tragedy

What happened is all too familiar for Brass — a fire truck ran over her father James Glen Houle, killing him in the city’s North End in 2011. Her brother’s death has brought back memories of the fatal crash and the investigation that followed.

Reports at the time said Houle was lying on the ground and quoted police saying the driver tried to brake and didn’t know it was a person the truck hit. His family told CBC News at the time they would hold no ill will against firefighters and had no idea why he was on the road.

“He thought my dad was a piece of garbage, a garbage bag on the street,” said Brass, who doesn’t believe a proper investigation was done into the death.

Karen Beaudin raised Severight from the age of nine, when he entered foster care. 

Cody Severight, 23, was hit and killed on Tuesday night. (Cody Severight/Facebook)

She said his biological mom, Julia Hunter, kept in touch with young Cody, but she died in 2012. 

Hunter’s mother, Gloria Lebold, told CBC News this week she believes her daughter died under suspicious circumstances. Hunter was the second daughter Lebold lost. 

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