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Investigation of fatal crash involving deputy and 15-year-old boy forwarded to prosecutor

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A memorial poster set up shortly after Ryan Holyk was killed in a collision with a Spokane Valley Deputy in May 2014. A memorial poster set up shortly after Ryan Holyk was killed in a collision with a Spokane Valley Deputy in May 2014.
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The S.I.R.R. would not specify if they are recommending charges in the case, only saying that they had forwarded their findings to the Spokane County Prosecutor's Office for review. The Prosecutor's Office was closed at the time of the release. 


On May 23, 2014, Spokane Valley Deputy Joseph Bodman was heading westbound on Sprague to assist with an arrest in a domestic violence case when he struck Ryan Holyk, who was riding his bike at the intersection of Sprague and Vista, just after 10:30pm. 


Holyk was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries and later died. 


Witnesses say the deputy swerved to miss the boy, but clipped him on the bike and sent him spinning. Witnesses also said the deputy did not have his emergency lights on but that he appeared to be going the speed limit. Deputy Bodman says he had a green light when he crossed the intersection.


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