Based on the findings of the police reports, three independent accident reconstructions and eyewitnesses, no criminal charges will be filed against the deputy-involved incident that resulted in the death of a West Valley High School student.
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.
The incident occurred on May 23, 2014, at approximately 10:24 p.m., as Bodman was responding to back-up another deputy who was on a traffic stop and not answering his radio. Bodman was travelling westbound on East Sprague in a fully marked Spokane Valley Police Department 2013 Ford SUV.
Subsequent investigation by the Washington State Patrol’s Major Accident Investigative Team, Spokane Police Department, Spokane Investigative Regional Response Team and Forensic Video Solutions Inc. revealed Bodman was travelling a little over 70 mph in a posted 35 mph zone and did not have his lights or siren on.
At that time, Holyk was riding a BMX bicycle southbound on the sidewalk on the east side of Vista. He was not wearing a helmet and his bike had no brakes, lights or reflectors. His friend, also a juvenile, was riding behind him.
As Holyk approached the intersection with Sprague, a witness saw him pop a wheelie and proceed into the intersection against the red light. At that time, Bodman, travelling westbound, approached the intersection in the second lane of five lanes from the north. A Mazda truck was also westbound in the fourth lane from the north and somewhat ahead of the patrol vehicle.
Very shortly after entering the intersection, Holyk turned the handlebars full right causing him to stop abruptly, go over the handlebars and strike the pavement head first. The investigative reports are unable to confirm why he turned the handlebars full right, county officials said.
Three different accident reconstructions were conducted, one by the SIRR, one by a hired reconstructionist, Grant Fredericks with Forensic Video Solutions Inc., and one by the WSP MAIT. All three reconstructions concluded that Holyk was not hit by Bodman’s vehicle and that Bodman braked and swerved to the right missing Holyk, but coming as close as one foot.
Physical evidence at the scene, including an absence of corresponding damage to Holyk’s bicycle or to Bodman’s patrol vehicle, demonstrated that no collision occurred, the report stated.