SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -- Detectives were back at the intersection of Sprague and Vista Thursday to investigate the area where a Spokane Valley Police officer hit a teen in May. The teenage victim died on June 4.
Deputy Joseph Bodman hit Ryan Holyk as he was riding his bike near Vista and Sprague, according to authorities. Officials said Bodman was headed to a domestic violence call around 10:30 p.m. May 23, going westbound on Sprague when his patrol car clipped the Holyk’s bicycle and sent it spinning.
Holyk died Wednesday night after his family decided to take him off his ventilator.
Witnesses said the deputy had the green light but they said the deputy was also speeding without using emergency lights or a siren.
Authorities are looking into surveillance video from Gus Johnson to get an idea of how fast Deputy Bodman was going.
Officials said Deputy Bodman and other witnesses still needed to be interviewed.
"The deputy has the same rights you and I do in Spokane County, the right to remain silent or the right to give a statement. He will give a statement, I believe tomorrow," said Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich.
KREM 2 on Your Side asked Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich what he would say to people who think they would be in jail if they had hit the teen.
He said, "You hear that and it's a classic cop out. You have to have probable cause to arrest someone. There is none here. There's no indication there's been wrong doing."
Meanwhile, heartbroken loved ones gathered at the intersection to mourn Holyk’s death.
Holyk’s family and friends are holding a candlelight vigil at Charlie P’s Thursday night at nine.