Ryan Holyk family reaches settlement with Sheriff’s Office
The family of Ryan Holyk has reached a settlement with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office a week before their wrongful death lawsuit was set to go to trial.
Holyk was killed while riding his bicycle on May 23, 2014, when he was struck by a speeding patrol car driven by Deputy Joe Bodman at the intersection of Sprague Avenue and Vista Road. Bodman was responding to a call but did not have his lights and sirens activated.
Holyk was riding a bicycle without brakes or reflectors and ran the red light. He reportedly tried to ditch his bicycle in an attempt to avoid a collision and Bodman swerved. A years-long investigation finally determined that Bodman’s bumper hit Holyk’s head as he fell to the ground. Bodman was disciplined for violating department policy by not using his lights and siren.
The family’s attorney contacted a mediator and requested a settlement, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office. A settlement has been reached in principal but has not been finalized.
Details of the settlement have not been released.
This story is developing and will be updated.