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Family of teen killed in bike crash sues Sheriff’s Office

The family of a teen bicyclist who died last year in an incident involving a speeding deputy on Sprague Avenue in Spokane Valley is disputing the conclusion of a law enforcement team that examined his death. The parents of 15-year-old Ryan Holyk filed a lawsuit against the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office and the deputy involved in the incident, Joseph Bodman, late last week.

Driver sought in fatal hit-and-run in Spokane Valley

A bicycle rider has been killed in a hit-and-run crash in Spokane Valley. Robert R. Royer, 47, was riding north over the Interstate 90 overpass at Park Road around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday when he was hit by a car and killed.

Man goes to station to report house fire

A bunch of fires kept Spokane Valley Fire Department crews busy during the week ending Aug. 31, resulting in another week of an unusually high number of calls. A homeowner just down the street from Station 7 at 12th Avenue and Evergreen Road pounded on the door around midnight Aug. 27 to report that his house was on fire, said Fire Marshal Kevin Miller. “It was midnight, so the firefighters were asleep,” Miller said.

Heart attack kills injured cyclist

A North Spokane man who was injured on his bicycle by a hit-and-run driver died on Wednesday, family members reported. Dennis Widener was struck while exercising on his bike at Division Street and Garland Avenue about 5:45 a.m. on June 23.

‘People have got to stop doing these things’

Dennis Widener lay in a hospital bed last week recovering from serious injuries suffered in a hit-and-run accident in late June, wondering who was responsible. He was riding his bicycle in north Spokane, at Division Street and Garland Avenue, when he was struck down by a brown sedan, possibly a Toyota Avalon, whose driver kept going.

Cyclist dies of injuries from collision

A 32-year-old Spokane bicyclist has died from injuries suffered in a collision last fall at Fourth Avenue and Lincoln Street. Matthew R. Hardie died on Dec. 14 from complications stemming from head injuries sustained in the Oct. 4 collision, according to the Spokane County medical examiner’s office.

Bike Helmets Crucial To Safety As Valley Couple Learns Hard Way

Early last Sunday afternoon, my husband and I decided to go for a ride on our new tandem bike. From our home in Millwood, we headed out along Trent, planning to connect with the Centennial Trail near Spokane Community College. We were having fun riding along and enjoying the lovely day. I asked my husband, Joe, if he thought we should be wearing helmets. He replied, "That's a thought."

Car Hits Man Riding Bike On North Sullivan

A man riding a bicycle in the 200 block of North Sullivan was critically injured late Monday when he was hit by a car, Spokane County Sheriff's deputies said. There was no further information available on the unidentified man or the accident.

Post Falls Boy Dies When Car Hits His Bike

A 13-year-old boy riding a bicycle was killed Monday when he was hit by a car in Post Falls. The unidentified boy was on his bike in front of Harper's Furniture at 1500 Seltice Way about 6:15 p.m. when the accident occurred, Idaho State Police troopers said.

Bicyclist Dies After Hit-And-Run

A Spokane bicyclist who was critically injured after being hit by a car on Sunset Hill died Wednesday, police said. Harold Grammer, 31, was taken off life support after doctors determined he was brain dead, police said.

Man Arrested On Forgery, Stolen Property Charges

A Spokane Valley man accused of trying to use a credit card and checks taken during a car burglary was arrested Saturday on charges of forgery and possession of stolen property. Deputies booked Michael R. Svoboda, 34, of 917 S. Park, into the Spokane County Jail, where a jail officer said he was being held Tuesday on $5,000 bond.

Tips Sought In Bicyclist’s Hit-And-Run Death In 1983

Secret Witness is offering a reward for information about an unsolved hit-and-run death. On Oct. 1, 1983, a car ran down Shannon Johnson, 21, while he was riding a bicycle north on Sullivan Road near 21st Avenue. The car didn't stop. Johnson lay beside the road for 20 minutes before he was spotted. He was taken to a hospital with severe head injuries and died the following day.

Woman Killed Riding Bike On Highway

A Moscow, Idaho, woman was killed while riding a bicycle on the shoulder of state Highway 27, just outside the Pullman city limits. Deborah K. Budwig, 39, died Saturday after she was run over by a 1986 Ford coupe that drifted onto the shoulder. Its driver, 19-year-old James R. Martin of Moscow, was not injured.

Struck By Patrol Car, Young Cyclist Suffers Severe Head Injury

A 13-year-old boy riding a bicycle suffered a severe head injury when he was hit by a Pierce County sheriff's deputy's patrol car, authorities said. Christopher Jantz, who was wearing a bicycle helmet, was in critical but stable condition Wednesday at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital in Tacoma, a spokesman said.

Cycle Hits Truck; 13-Year-Old Dies

A 13-year-old boy was killed and another seriously injured when the motorcycle they were illegally riding collided with a dump truck. Authorities said Chase Baird of Idaho Falls was riding behind Travis Archibald when Archibald reportedly ran the stop sign at a county intersection west of Idaho Falls on Thursday and slammed into the truck. The boys were riding an unregistered dirt bike with friends on two other motorcycles, officials said. Police said Baird was dead at the scene. Although both boys were wearing helmets, sheriff's deputies said the force of the collision knocked both of the youths' helmets off.