NEWS
07/14/2017 11:59 EDT | Updated 07/15/2017 17:25 EDT

Rick Modi, accused in hit-and-run death of toddler in Saint-Constant, released on bail

The 24-year-old man charged in connection with a hit and run that killed two-year-old Dominique Wenga last May on the Saint-Constant street where they both lived has been released on $5,000 bail. 

Rick Modi was arrested Wednesday and appeared in court in Longueuil Thursday, where he pleaded not guilty to one charge of failing to stop at the scene of an accident causing bodily injury in which the victim has died or could die. 

Modi was released on a $5,000 bail Friday morning.

He must abide by a number of conditions: he is to live with his parents and is not allowed to return to Saint-Constant nor communicate with the toddler's family. 

Modi also must hand over his passport and his driver's licence as he's not allowed to drive. He will also have to check in with police in person twice a week. 

The fatal hit and run happened on May 27. Police said Dominique Wenga had been playing in his family's backyard on Rabelais Street and wandered to the front of the house without his family noticing. He was found unconscious on the street around 9 a.m.

​The toddler was transported to hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Two adults and the boy's six-year-old brother had to be treated for shock.

Police located and seized a black car believed to have been involved in the collision the next day.