SANTA MONICA (CBSLA.com) — Attorneys for the family of a prominent San Fernando Valley attorney struck and killed by a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputy while riding his bicycle announced the filing of lawsuit against the county Wednesday.
KNX 1070’s Claudia Peschiutta reports Milton Olin Jr. died in the collision Dec. 8, 2013, while riding in the bike lane on Mulholland Highway in Calabasas.
Investigators with the Sheriff’s Department’s Traffic Services Detail has been investigating the collision for nearly 8 months but has yet to release any findings, according to attorney Bruce Broillet.
The Olin family has thus far been unable to obtain a copy of the collision report, Broillet said.
“The family is deeply frustrated by the lack of information coming out of the Sheriff’s Department’s investigation,” Broillet said. “We intend to seek justice for Milton Olin and his loved ones.”
A search warrant affidavit obtained by the Daily News indicated that deputy Andrew Wood, a 16-year department veteran, may have been text messaging when he struck the cyclist.
Wood, who was driving the patrol car that struck Olin, suffered minor injuries in the collision.
According to the court document, Wood sent six text messages to a Camarillo phone number between 1 and 1:04 p.m., roughly the time Olin was struck.
Olin, 65, lived in Woodland Hills and was a partner of the Encino-based law firm Altschul & Olin LLP. He was also a former executive of the online music sharing website Napster.
A Sheriff’s Department spokesperson declined comment pending ongoing litigation.
No charges have been filed against Wood.
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