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Holyk death to get a new review

07/01/2016

By MIKE HUFFMAN
Managing Editor

 

The investigation into the death of Ryan Holyk two years ago isn’t over yet.

Last week, representatives of the Spokane Investigative Regional Response team  -- which investigates officer-related shootings or other incidents of possible misconduct -- announced it would take another look at the Holyk in light of new evidence.

Holyk, 15, died in an incident May 23, 2014, at Sprague Avenue and Vista Road involving Spokane County sheriff’s Deputy Joe Bodman, who was responding to a call but not operating his vehicle’s lights or siren.

Sheriff’s officials have previously contended that Holyk was not struck by Bodman’s police car, that instead the boy – who was not wearing a helmet – crashed his BMX bike and struck his head.
But on June 23, representatives from SIRR said they would review the case again after forensics experts said they could see the imprint of Holyk’s hat band on the bumper where his DNA was also found.

“As in all cases, the SIRR team is committed to thorough and transparent investigations,” said Officer Teresa Fuller, spokeswoman for the Spokane Police Department. “The team will exhaust all resources necessary, including outside experts, to ensure all facts are brought forward and the case is complete for submission to the prosecutor’s office.”

Dr. Jarrod Carter, with Origin in Liberty Lake, discovered the new evidence.

Bodman was previously disciplined by Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich by violating the office’s policies for responding to an incident at high speeds without lights and a siren.
The SIRR team is comprised of multiple agencies in Eastern Washington, including the sheriff’s office, Washington State Patrol and Spokane Police Department.

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