DA Hasn’t Decided If Bike Accident That Killed Former Napster Exec Warrants Prosecution
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has not decided whether to file criminal charges in the December 2013 fatal bike accident involving a former Napster executive struck by a sheriff’s deputy.
Milton Everett Olin Jr., a leading attorney in the entertainment industry, was killed after he was struck by a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputy in the bike lane in the 22400 block of Mullholland Highway on about 1 p.m. Dec. 8, 2013.
Prosecutors are yet to determine if deputy Andrew Wood violated the law.
It’s been seven months, and as KCAL9’s Rachel Kim reports, a lot of people, including the victim’s family, want to know what the holdup is.
Olin, who was then 65, suffered numerous blunt-force injuries in the crash, including severe head trauma. He reportedly crashed into Wood’s windshield and rolled off.
At the time of the accident, investigators told Kim that speed, drugs or alcohol were not believed to have been factors in the crash.
The coroner said Olin, a Woodland Hills resident, was wearing earbuds connected to an iPhone at the time of the crash. He was declared dead at the scene.
Wood also had minor injuries, including glass in his eyes. He was on a routine patrol at the time, authorities said.
“It’s very tough when we’re involved in some kind of incident like this because our job is to protect the people and help people. And we’re obviously very sad that something like this has happened,” Sgt. Joseph Jakl with the LA Sheriff’s Department said. Jakl was the lead investigator.
The Sheriff’s Deparment’s Traffic Services Detail conducted an investigation into the accident. It completed its report and turned it over to the District Attorney’s Office for review in May.
Attorneys for the Olin family have filed a claim for damages and say they haven’t been given any information from the investigation. They now intend to file a lawsuit.
The family’s attorney says they are seeking justice for the loss of a beloved husband and father.
On Thursday, the family issued a statement: “This accident should have never happened. The sheriff’s deputy struck and killed Mr. Olin as a result of negligence. The Olin family is deeply frustrated by the lack of information coming out of the Sheriff’s Department.”
The Sheriff’s Department also released a statement: “Due to pending litigation and the fact that the DA is reviewing the case, it would be inappropriate to comment,” the statement said.
Olin was operations director for Napster from 2000 until 2002.
Wood has returned to work.