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The family of Ryan Holyk say they don't want Rattlesnake Motorcycle Club founder Scott Maclay (Pictured) using their son's name and legacy to further their political agenda. The family of Ryan Holyk say they don't want Rattlesnake Motorcycle Club founder Scott Maclay (Pictured) using their son's name and legacy to further their political agenda.
Ryan Holyk died in May 2014 in Spokane Valley. An investigation showed that he fell off his bicycle and hit his head. Ryan Holyk died in May 2014 in Spokane Valley. An investigation showed that he fell off his bicycle and hit his head.
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SPOKANE, Wash. - On Thursday, the Spokane County Sheriff's Office released a letter from the attorney representing the family of Ryan Holyk, the teen who died in Spokane Valley after nearly being hit by a Spokane Valley Police Department SUV in May 2014. 

The letter addresses statements made by the Rattlesnake Motorcycle Club and their founder Scott Maclay following the findings of an investigation that showed Holyk was never hit by the Deputy's SUV and died after losing control of his bicycle, falling off and hitting his head. Since the results of the investigation were revealed, Maclay has been outspoken about his belief that it was a cover up. Since then, Maclay has been vocal about his campaign "Justice for Ryan", even going so far as to encourage people to toss volleyballs in front of speeding deputy's cars, to help bring attention to their reckless driving. The post on the club's Facebook page back in May stated: 

"Operation 'Bouncing Bodman Ball' will commence immediately with strategically placed video surveillance cameras aimed at capturing you deputies who continue in these wreck-less practices by filming your driving tactics as a, low-volume, volleyball is launched in your path. The volleyballs will be painted teal, in memory of Ryan Holyk's favorite color, and the videos will be released to the public. The Rattlesnakes MC believes in open transparency and mutual respect... and, therefore, you have been placed on notice."

But according to Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, a letter from Michael Maurer, the attorney representing the Holyk family,states the family does not "endorse or support any of the statements or positions taken by the Rattlesnake Motorcycle Club." 

The letter was sent on Thursday to Sheriff Knezovich stating that Ryan's mother has specifically requested Maclay and the Rattlesnake Motorcycle Club cease and desist from utilizing Ryan's name and photographs for their own political agenda. 

KHQ reached out to Maclay on Thursday who claimed there are "members of the Holyk family funding our activities." 

"My clients did initially support Mr. Maclay, then when they learned of his political agenda they disassociated themselves and have not been providing funds of any type," Maurer told KHQ on Thursday in response to Maclay's comments. 

In Maclay's full response he said there is still a "Justice for Ryan" demonstration and protest scheduled for Monday night at Central Valley High School, and he intends to go through with it. 

"Look, I'm trying to respect Carrie's interest, but again, when we sat down with her we went over how ugly we thought this would get when we went after law enforcement, and I'm sure she's tired, but she gave us permission to move forward and the family has funded us to move forward and we are moving forward," Maclay said. 

The letter sent from the attorney to Sheriff Knezovich reads in full: 

"Dear Sheriff Knezovich:


As you are aware, I am the attorney representing the family of Ryan Holyk. On behalf of the Holyk family and my law firm, please allow this letter to serve as notice that neither the Holyk family nor myself as the attorney representing the family endorse or support any of the statements or positions taken by the Rattlesnake Motorcycle Club. In fact, Carrie Thomson (Ryan's mother) has advised Mr. Michael Scott Maclay that she does not endorse the statements or positions taken by his organization and has specifically requested that Mr. Maclay and the Rattlesnake Motorcycle Club cease and desist from utilizing Ryan's name, photographs, etc., for their own political agenda. 

While obviously the Holyk family and Spokane County are adverse in the pending lawsuit, it is unfortunate that third parties have attempted to utilize Ryan Holyk's name and legacy to support their own agendas. 

Again, neither the Holyk family nor this law firm endorse such positions and are formally requesting that any future use of Ryan Holyk's name, photographs, or the tragic events surrounding Ryan's death not be used to further any political agenda.


Sincerely,



MICHAEL A. MAURER"

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