Off-duty Winnipeg cop arrested after car hits and kills pedestrian

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The family of a man who died in a collision that’s led to the arrest of an off-duty Winnipeg police officer say he was a fun-loving young man who had a baby on the way.

CBC News has learned Cody Severight, 23, was the man who died after being hit by a car near the corner of Main Street and Sutherland Avenue Tuesday night.

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Barbara Thompson said her son was outgoing. (Travis Golby/CBC)

Winnipeg police say an off-duty officer has been arrested in connection to the death. No charges have been laid.

“Cody was an outgoing and outspoken person. He would love to make everybody laugh,” said Severight’s stepmom, Barbara Thompson.

Taken to hospital

In a release sent to media shortly after 11 p.m. CT Tuesday, police said they were called to the scene of a “serious motor vehicle collision” at the intersection around 8 p.m.

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Winnpeg police diverted traffic on Main Street northbound at Sutherland Avenue Tuesday night after witnesses said a man was hit by a vehicle. (Travis Golby/CBC)

They say an adult male was taken to hospital in critical condition where he later died of his injuries.

Severight’s sister, Terri Brass, said she was in the area at the time of the collision.

‘I heard a big smash’

“I thought it was two cars hitting each other, I heard a big smash,” she said.

Thompson said she had seen her son about a half-hour before the crash. She said he’d left after their talk to go for a walk with his girlfriend.

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Investigators work at Main Street and Sutherland Avenue on Tuesday night. (Travis Golby/CBC)

“I was really shocked. I seen him just before that, I don’t know … just things going through my mind,” she said. “The last thing he said to me is, ‘Mom I’m going to come with you’ and I said yes.”

Brass said her brother loved to cook and was always there to help if people felt down.

“My little brother was the best part of life. When you’re feeling down he’ll pick you right up. My little brother was the awesomest little guy anybody would ever want.”

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Off-duty Winnipeg cop arrested after car hits and kills pedestrian

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