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No charges will be filed against Spokane Valley deputy in Holyk case

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No charges will be filed against Deputy Joe Bodman in the death of Ryan Holyk. No charges will be filed against Deputy Joe Bodman in the death of Ryan Holyk.
SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -

The Spokane County Prosecutor's Office has completed its review of the May 23, 2014, incident involving Deputy Joe Bodman and 15-year-old Ryan Holyk. Based on the findings of the police reports, three accident reconstructions and eyewitnesses, no criminal charges will be filed.

The incident happened at around 10:30 p.m. on the night of May 23, when Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputy Bodman was responding to back up another deputy who was not answering his radio. Bodman was traveling at a little over 70 mph in a 35 mph zone and did not have lights or siren on.

Holyk was riding a BMX bike at the time. He was not wearing a helmet and his bike had no brakes, lights or reflectors. As Holyk approached an intersection, a witness saw him pop a wheelie and proceed into the intersection against a red light. 

According to an investigation and three different accident reconstructions by the Washington State Patrol's Major Accident Investigative Team (MAIT), Spokane Police Department, Spokane Investigative Regional Response Team (SIRR) and Forensic Video Solutions, Inc., it was concluded that Holyk was not hit by Deputy Bodman's vehicle.

Bodman braked and swerved to the right missing Holyk, but coming as close as one foot. They also concluded that Holyk turned his handlebars hard to the right, causing him to stop suddenly, go over his handlebars and hit his head on the pavement, causing the injuries he later died from.

Physical evidence at the scene, including an absence of corresponding damage to Holyk's bike or Bodman's patrol vehicle, demonstrated that no collision occurred.

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