CALABASAS (CBS/AP) — A 65-year-old cyclist killed in a collision involving a Los Angeles County sheriff’s patrol car in Calabasas over the weekend was a former top executive at Napster.
Milton Everett Olin Jr., of Woodland Hills, was struck around 1 p.m. Sunday in the 22000 block of Mulholland Highway.
Authorities said Olin landed on the deputy’s windshield. The impact shattered the window and knocked off Olin’s helmet and shoe.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Olin was the former chief operating officer of file-sharing service Napster and a prominent entertainment attorney for Altschul & Olin LLP, which he co-founded.
Napster was a pioneer in online music sharing, leading to lawsuits by Metallica and other acts in 2000. The suits eventually forced a settlement that required Napster to evolve into a pay-for-use service that became something of a model for today’s streaming companies.
The victim’s friend of 35 years, Bernie Gudvi, said he found out about the death watching the morning news.
“It’s so surreal. All I could say was, ‘My God, my God, my God.’ I had to replay that like, five times,” Gudvi said.
Gudvi said Olin leaves behind a wife and two sons.
“He was a good guy. He was a really good guy. He was one of the good guys. I think, not only me, but the whole music industry is going to miss him,” he said.
Meantime, the unidentified sheriff’s deputy driving the vehicle sustained injuries to his arm and face, officials said.
Sheriff’s Sgt. Joseph Jakl confirmed to KCAL9’s Melanie Woodrow that speed was not a factor in the incident and the deputy was on routine patrol.
The LASD’s Traffic Services Division is investigating.
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