SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. – The Spokane County Sheriff’s Department confirmed a Spokane Valley Police officer hit a teenage boy who was riding a bike at Sprague and Vista Friday night. Family members said 15-year-old Ryan Holyk was hanging on Saturday in critical condition.
Officials said the officer was headed to a domestic violence call around 10:30pm, going westbound on Sprague when his patrol car clipped the boy's bicycle and sent it spinning. Authorities said the teen was going south on Vista when he crossed the intersection.
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.
The teen, identified by family members as Ryan Holyk, 15, was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.
A Spokane County Investigative Regional Response Team was called to investigate the incident. They planned to look at the speed the officer was traveling and if that speed was justified for the Domestic Violence Warrant the officer was responding to.
The Spokane Police Department was taking the lead in the investigation. The name of the officer involved in the incident would be released at a later time.
Anyone who may have witnessed the incident was asked to call Crime Check at 456-2233.