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Investigation reopened in death of bicyclist Ryan Holyk

The Spokane Investigative Regional Response Team, which investigates officer involved shootings and other cases of potential misconduct, has reopened its investigation into the death of 15-year-old Ryan Holyk two years ago.

Petition for sheriff’s office independent review is a political move, Knezovich says

Calling the process of selecting an ombudsman for the Spokane Police Department “a political nightmare,” Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich on Tuesday dismissed a petition requesting independent civilian oversight for his department as redundant. “This is being driven by a few political opponents of mine,” Knezovich said at a news conference called a day before organizers planned to deliver more than 1,000 signatures to Spokane County commissioners requesting a new body to oversee operations of the Sheriff’s Office.

Shawn Vestal: Video expert from Zehm case was wrong pick for review of bike incident

When police officers investigating the death of a teenager killed in an encounter with a speeding Spokane County deputy needed an expert to analyze video footage, they made an unusual choice: the guy accused of whitewashing the infamous Otto Zehm videos. That’s the bad news. The good news, so far as it goes, is that once concerns were raised about “credibility problems” with the work of Grant Fredericks, the owner of Spokane-based Forensic Video Solutions, the brass ordered a separate review, according to investigative files released last week.

Report: Teen’s DNA on patrol car likely from skin

A Spokane Police Department report indicates the DNA of the teenage bicyclist found on the bumper of a Spokane County Sheriff’s Office patrol car’s bumper did not come from blood or saliva. Ryan Holyk, 15, was riding a bike without reflectors or brakes and was crossing Sprague Avenue against the light last year when he encountered a speeding patrol car driven by sheriff’s Deputy Joe Bodman, who was violating department policy by not using his emergency lights or siren.

DNA of bicyclist found on patrol car’s bumper

A teenage bicyclist’s DNA was found on the bumper of a Spokane County Sheriff’s Office patrol car even though investigations have found that a deputy did not hit the boy before he died. An attorney for the family of Ryan Holyk received that information in response to questions submitted to the Sheriff’s Office as part of the discovery process in the civil suit the Holyk family has filed against Deputy Joe Bodman and the Sheriff’s Office.

Deputy investigated for fatal bike crash will keep job

The Spokane County sheriff's deputy who sped through Spokane Valley last year without his lights or sirens activated, narrowly missing a teenage bicyclist, was given a written reprimand for violating department policies and will keep his job, a spokesman said Tuesday.

Family of teen who died in crash demands activist stop using boy’s name, photo

The family of 15-year-old Ryan Holyk, who was killed in an incident involving a Spokane County sheriff’s deputy last year, has demanded that a local motorcycle club stop using their son’s name and photos in a political campaign against Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich. Holyk was crossing Sprague Avenue on his bicycle at Vista Road when Deputy Joseph Bodman sped by in his patrol SUV. Bodman was going more than 70 mph in a 35 mph zone without his emergency lights on. Holyk was crossing against a red light at about 10:30 p.m. May 23, 2014.

Protest targeting patrol cars draws warning from sheriff

A protest group’s plan to toss volleyballs in front of police cars to draw attention to what it considers a law enforcement cover-up in the death of a Spokane Valley teen has drawn a strong warning from Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich. “I am very concerned about this,” Knezovich said Wednesday, disputing the cover-up assertions and questioning the motives of the group’s leadership. “This is very serious to us and an extreme danger to the public.”

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.

No charges for deputy in young cyclist’s fatal crash

Three separate investigations into the death of a 15-year-old bicyclist last May in Spokane Valley have determined that a speeding patrol car driven by a sheriff’s deputy did not strike the teen as preliminary reports suggested, the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office announced Friday. Instead, investigators found that Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy Joe Bodman braked and swerved to the right, missing West Valley High School student Ryan Holyk – by as little as one foot – as Holyk and a friend crossed Sprague Avenue on bicycles about 10:30 p.m. May 23.

Investigation shows deputy did not strike teenage bicyclist who died

Three separate investigations into a May bicycling fatality have determined that the patrol car driven by Spokane County sheriff's Deputy Joe Bodman did not strike 15-year-old bicyclist Ryan Holyk, according to the Spokane County Prosecutor's Office.