Off-Duty Winnipeg Police Officer Arrested After Fatal Hit-and-Run with Pedestrian

Off-Duty Winnipeg Police Officer Arrested After Fatal Hit-and-Run with Pedestrian

A witness to a fatal hit-and-run Tuesday evening that has led to the arrest of an off-duty Winnipeg police officer said the vehicle was being driven dangerously.

An adult male victim was struck by a vehicle around 8 p.m. while walking near the area of Main Street and Sutherland Avenue near the Sutherland Hotel. The driver reportedly fled the scene, while the victim was taken to hospital and pronounced dead.

An off-duty Winnipeg police officer was arrested later Tuesday. The northbound lane of Main remains closed this morning between Sutherland and Jarvis avenues while police carry out their investigation. On Facebook, family and friends identified the victim as Cody Severight.

A witness to the collision, Donnie Fizell, said the vehicle was speeding.

"I was coming down Jarvis (Avenue) and turning left on Main Street, heading south to the Sutherland Hotel (to buy beer), and I seen the car hit and he just flew," said Fizell, of the victim.

"He flew right over the hood of the front of car and landed on his head. He must have gone up in the air a good 15 feet."

Fizell said the car "was going beyond the speed limit. He was out of control." Neither did the car stop or slow down after making impact with the young man, he said.

Paramedics arrived and tried to revive young man but Fizell doesn't believe the young man regained consciousness.

The deceased had been crossing Main right in front of the Sutherland Hotel. "He was jaywalking, he was walking pretty fast," said Fizell. "Perhaps (the driver) didn't see him because he had dark clothes on."

Police issued a news released just after 11 p.m. saying their investigation "has led to the arrest of an off duty Winnipeg Police officer." There is no indication of what charge, or charges, he may be facing. Nor have police called this a hit-and-run.

 

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