Team revisits site of crash that killed local teen



Posted on June 12, 2014 at 7:21 AM

Updated Thursday, Jun 12 at 10:11 AM

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -- Wednesday night, a team of investigators revisited the scene of the wreck that led to the death of a 15-year-old boy, who was struck by a deputy’s patrol car in May.

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Authorities said a Spokane County Sheriff's deputy hit Ryan Holyk at the intersection of Sprague and Vista as the teen was riding his bicycle. That officer had the green light and was headed to a domestic violence call at the time, according to investigators.

At 9 p.m. Wednesday, an investigative team used cameras to take pictures of the scene to try to piece together what happened frame by frame. The team chose to begin their work around the time the wreck actually happened back on May 23.

Investigators hoped to determine how fast the deputy was traveling, what he was able to see, and if he could have avoided hitting Holyk.

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“The ultimate goal here is a thorough investigation,” said SPD spokesperson Monique Cotton. “We don't really have a timeline at this point, but we're working as quickly as possible to not only diagram the scene but also get all the pieces together. We want to know exactly what happened, when it happened, and how it happened.”

There was no timeline given as to when this investigation would be completed.

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The officer involved in the wreck was placed on administrative leave.