Finger pointing continues over Holyk death investigation
SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. — He died more than a year ago, now the battle over who’s responsible for the death of a Spokane Valley teenager is almost ready to head to court even as the finger pointing continues outside the courtroom.
Recently released court documents show that 15-year old Ryan Holyk’s DNA was found on the bumper of a Spokane County Sheriff’s Office patrol car. The teen died from his injuries in May of 2014 after crashing his bike in a Spokane Valley intersection as Deputy Joe Bodman sped by.
Investigators maintain the teen was never hit by the car but the Holyk family’s attorney want to know why his DNA showed up on that Bumper.
“We just received this information,” attorney Mike Maurer said. “We have a lot of questions and we’re going to ask them and hopefully get answers to.”
Maurer says this new information contradicts what he’s been given over the last year.
“The sheriff’s department for a better part of a year now has chosen to reveal certain information, certainly not all the information,” he said.
In the Washington State Patrol’s report he was given dated October 2014, it reads no DNA was found on or in the car. Maurer says this new information opens up many more questions regarding the investigation.
“Did they go back and conduct a brand new analysis of this accident or did they simply entrench themselves in the positions that they had previously put forth that their was no contact between Ryan and the vehicle,” Maurer said.
Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich says the DNA information is not new. It’s in the Spokane Police Detectives report dated July 2014.
“For the citizens of this county to understand this case, we can’t have an attorney cherry picking pieces of evidence trying to make everybody believe something that did not happen,” Knezovich said. “If he’s going to do that, let’s produce all the evidence, let’s go to trial and people can see what happened in this case.”
According to the WSP Crime Lab, the DNA found on the bumper is a trace amount of cellular DNA, which is likely skin cells. Investigators believe someone at the scene likely had contact with Ryan and then the patrol car.
“If that bumper had made contact with Ryan’s head you would expect blood and or saliva on that bumper, and there was none,” Knezovich said.