2013-12-12 / Front Page

Sheriff handling own investigation into cyclist’s Mulholland Highway death

Deputy’s patrol car collided with bike rider, reason not known
By Sylvie Belmond


Milton Olin Milton Olin The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Traffic Services Detail has begun the investigation into the death of a bicyclist who was struck and killed Dec. 8 by a sheriff’s patrol car heading east on Mulholland Highway in Calabasas.

The investigators are an internal affairs unit whose job is to examine accidents involving deputies.

The name of the Lost Hills Sheriff’s deputy under investigated is being withheld. According to Lost Hills Capt. Pat Davoren, he is a 16-year veteran.

The victim, 65- year- old Woodland Hills resident Milton Everett Olin, Jr., was riding his bicycle eastbound in the same direction as the patrol car when the collision occurred.

The incident occurred shortly after 1 p.m. last Sunday in the 22000 block of Mulholland Highway.

The deputy was driving on the road’s uphill straightaway near Paul Revere Drive after responding to a call at Calabasas High School.


ACCIDENT SITE—A “ghost bike” memorial with flowers was placed at the scene of the accident, which occurred on a Mulholland Highway uphill straightaway just west of A.C. Stelle Middle School. 
IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers ACCIDENT SITE—A “ghost bike” memorial with flowers was placed at the scene of the accident, which occurred on a Mulholland Highway uphill straightaway just west of A.C. Stelle Middle School. IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers “Our heart goes out to the family,” Davoren said. “It’s a tragic incident. Deputies patrol to make the roads safer. That’s why we’re investigating as thoroughly and diligently as we can.”

Details about the accident are still under investigation, said Lt. Jim Royal of the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station. Officials are trying to recreate the accident and are looking for witnesses, Royal said.

Olin, an entertainment lawyer and former chief operating officer of the online file sharing service Napster, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The deputy reportedly sustained minor eye and arm injuries as a result of a shattered windshield, a report said. He was taken to a hospital for treatment.

A sheriff’s report did not say whether the deputy had his siren and lights on when the collision occurred. But his car did not have a dashboard camera and, as of Tuesday, the deputy was still on duty, The Acorn has learned.

“Appropriate action” will be taken if a traffic violation is found, Davoren said.

“We continue to respect and appreciate the rights of bicyclists to use the roads in accordance with state laws. Drivers of vehicles have the same obligations,” Davoren said.

The City of Calabasas, which has been working on a citywide bicycle master plan for several years to improve safety for cyclists and drivers, is awaiting the outcome of the investigation. After seeing a final report, city officials will review whether they should make changes to the bicycle plan or take action to improve traffic safety where the accident happened.

“This is a horrible accident and our deepest condolences go out to the family of the deceased,” Mayor Fred Gaines said.

Olin is survived by his wife, Louise, and sons, Christopher and Geoff.

According to Santa Monica Mountains Cyclery in Woodland Hills, Olin was an avid bicyclist and sociable man. He enjoyed riding his bike with his two sons.

Olin was apparently on his way home when the accident occurred on a part of the highway that he reportedly thought was the safest.

A Senior Partner, Altschul & Olin, LLP, Olin was vice president of business and development for A&M Records and Polygram. Friends say he was a “profound” legal thinker with a big passion for finding new ways to bring music to the world.

He was well-liked and respected within the music industry, said former associate Scott Martin of Calabasas.

“He was an attorney, very accomplished and also a very nice guy. Everybody liked him a lot. He got along with the bands, record labels and everybody on all sides because he had such a nice demeanor,” Martin said.

According to BikinginLA.com, this was the 34th bicycling fatality in Los Angeles County this year and the 82nd cycling fatality in Southern California. At least four cyclists have lost their lives on Mulholland Highway in the last four years.

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