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Teenager hit by Spokane County Sheriff's patrol car in critical condition

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - A teenage boy riding his bike was hit by a Spokane County sheriff deputy's patrol car Friday night at 10:45.  That boy has been identified as 15 year old Ryan Holyk. 

We spoke to one man who says he saw everything.  Jordan Gish says, "First I heard a squeal from the tires. And next thing you know the officer struck him." 

A detective with the Sheriff's office says the deputy was traveling west on Sprague to assist another officer at a domestic violence call when he struck the teen at the intersection with Vista. Spokane Police have taken over the investigation.  They say the deputy did have a green light. 

Lt. Steve Barbieri, "The deputy saw the juvenile in the road way, swerved to try and avoid him and was unable to. "

Witnesses also say the deputy had the right-of-way but did not have his emergency lights or sirens on and was traveling at a high rate of speed. 

"As soon as he got out of the car he talked to someone else saying I was going 60, I was trying to get to the domestic violence call," said Gish.

Holyk was taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center with life threatening injuries. His family has been notified and are with him at the hospital. Another juvenile was with him at the time but was not hit or injured.

The deputy that was involved will likely be placed on administrative leave due to the severity of the child's injuries. 

Lt. Barbieri says, "he's very upset, very shaken up."

The Spokane Incident Regional Response Team is in charge of the investigation. SIRRT is comprised of officers and detectives from Spokane County, the City of Spokane, Airway Heights and Washington State Patrol.  The team asks if you witnessed this collision to please call Crime Check at 456-2233.