Spokane County settles case with family of Ryan Holyk

Spokane County settles case with family of Ryan Holyk
Ryan Holyk

After years of investigations and accusations, Spokane County has settled its case with the family of a Spokane teenager, whose death was blamed on a Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy.

Then 15 years old, Ryan Holyk was riding his bike in Spokane Valley in May 2014. At the same time, Spokane County Deputy Joseph Bodman was driving his patrol car at a high rate of speed. Multiple investigations revealed Holyk fell off the bike and hit his head, but Holyk’s family remained steadfast that Holyk was hit by Deputy Bodman and Bodman was responsible for his death. They sued Spokane County and the case was scheduled to go to trial next week.

“Late yesterday afternoon Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, Spokane County officials and their legal advisors were notified by the Washington Counties Risk Pool that a settlement was reached in principle,” Spokane County Sheriff Spokesman Mark Gregory said in a news release Wednesday.

The settlement is pending agreement by both sides.

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office says the decision to settle was “solely at the discretion of the Washington Counties Risk Pool” and that the settlement was “well under the amount originally sought by the Holyk family and their attorney.”

“With today’s announcement, this civil case is closed,” the press release reads. “We hope this will finally give everyone in this case a chance to heal.”