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Parents of Ryan Holyk file lawsuit against Spokane County

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Left: Ryan Holyk, Right:Deputy Joseph Bodman Left: Ryan Holyk, Right:Deputy Joseph Bodman
SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -

The parents of Ryan Holyk, the 15-year-old boy who died in a bicycle crash last May in Spokane Valley, filed a lawsuit against Spokane County, the Spokane County Sheriff's Department, and Joseph Bodman, the deputy involved.

The lawsuit alleges Deputy Bodman negligently drove upwards of 74 miles per hour without the use of his lights and sirens at the time of the accident, when he was not acting as an emergency vehicle.

The lawsuit also claims Spokane County and the Sheriff's Department are responsible for negligent training, because of the deputy's actions behind the wheel.

Spokane Police led an investigation after the crash. Their findings, released in January, said Deputy Bodman never made contact with Ryan Holyk and would not face charges.

The Holyk's attorney, Mike Maurer, told KHQ they may dispute that finding at trial, but either way they believe the family is entitled to compensatory damages.

Spokane Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich declined to comment on the lawsuit, referring questions to the findings of January's investigation.

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