Authorities identify veteran deputy who hit teenager on Sprague

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on May 28, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Updated Wednesday, May 28 at 12:50 PM

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash.— It was a deputy with 25 years of law enforcement experience  who hit a teenager Friday night on Sprague with his patrol car. Deputy Joseph Bodman hit Ryan Holyk, 15, as he was riding his bike near Vista and Sprague. Authorities released Bodman’s name on Wednesday.

Holyk was hospitalized in critical condition.

Authorities said Bodman was headed to a domestic violence call around 10:30 p.m., going westbound on Sprague when his patrol car clipped the Holyk’s bicycle and sent it spinning.

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The teen was going south on Vista when he crossed the intersection according to investigators.

Witnesses said the deputy had a green light at the time of the crash. Authorities also said the officer tried to avoiding hitting the boy by swerving. The patrol car's emergency lights were not being used at the time, according to officials.

Bodman transferred from Kootenai County to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office in 2002. He was recently selected to be a Sheriff’s Office Emergency Vehicle Operations Course instructor (EVOC).

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