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Investigators reopen case of teen possibly hit and killed by sheriff's deputy patrol car

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SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -

Investigators reopened the highly controversial case of a teen bicyclist's death Thursday, saying new evidence prompted them to do so.

Earlier this month, evidence came to light that appeared to show an imprint from Ryan Holyk's hat on the bumper of Deputy Bodman's patrol car.

The Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office and the Spokane Investigative Regional Response (SIRR) Team say they sent their findings to several national experts for review, including Dr. Jarrod Carter from Origin Forensics in Liberty Lake. 

Dr. Carter said he no longer agrees with the original investigation by SIRR - and that he now thinks Deputy Bodman's vehicle did hit Ryan Holyk. As a result, SIRR investigators say they will reopen this investigation.


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Holyk died in June 2014 after he crashed on his bicycle on May 23 in Spokane Valley.

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 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. Deputy Bodman braked and swerved to the right.

Questions were immediately raised after the crash as to whether or not the patrol car struck Holyk. Holyk's DNA was later found on the patrol car.

Multiple investigations since the incident concluded that Deputy Bodman never made contact with Holyk and he simply fell off his bike without a helmet and that's what caused his death. Since then, the Holyk family filed a lawsuit against Spokane County, and there have been calls for further investigation into the incident.

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