2013-12-26 / Community

Deputy identified in cyclist’s death

By Sylvie Belmond


Milton Olin Milton Olin The deputy whose car struck and killed cyclist Milton Everett Olin Jr. on Dec. 8 in Calabasas has been identified as Andrew Wood, a 16-year veteran with the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department who was assigned to the Lost Hills station about a year ago.

Olin, 65, was riding his bicycle east on an uphill straightaway of Mulholland Highway near A.C. Stelle Middle School in the same direction as the patrol car when the collision occurred.

Olin, a former Napster executive and prominent attorney from Woodland Hills, died at the scene.

Investigators from the Sheriff’s Internal Investigations Division are still interviewing witnesses to determine the cause of the collision, Lost Hills Capt. Pat Davoren told The Acorn.

A vehicle that was behind the patrol car at the time of the accident reportedly had witnesses. Investigators also have preserved the data from the deputy’s cellphone and onboard computer.

“We are trying to find out what exactly occurred at the point of impact,” Davoren said.

Dep. Wood, who sustained injuries to his eyes and arms, has not returned to work since the accident.

“He has asked for, and was granted, personal leave. He is taking time off on his own,” Davoren said.

Wood reportedly was leaving from a call at Calabasas High School when he encountered Olin’s bicycle on Mulholland.

Calabasas resident Sam Pompeo was at the high school at the time of the incident and said he saw a patrol car traveling on Mulholland with lights on, but no siren.

Within minutes, several patrol cars followed by an ambulance, a fire truck and a paramedic truck were also heading east on Mulholland with lights and sirens on.

“They were in a big hurry as their rate of speed was easily 80- plus miles per hour,” said Pompeo, who did not witness the accident but saw vehicles in transit.

On Dec. 21, more than 500 people attended a memorial at the in Hollywood to pay tribute to Olin.

Born in 1948 in New York City, Olin moved to California with his family in 1956. He attended Glendale Junior College before enlisting in the Naval Reserve in 1969 and serving in Vietnam.

Olin later went to UC Santa Barbara and, in 1975, he received a law degree from UCLA.

In addition to being a dedicated family man with wife, Louise, and sons, Christopher and Geoffrey, Olin became a prominent attorney who was well known for his work as an executive at A&M Records and at Napster.

According to one obituary, cycling was one of Olin’s many passions. He also enjoyed basketball and football, and he was a devout Bruin alumnus and lifelong Dodger fan.

He also was an expert on cars, a connoisseur of wines and a student of American and European history, particularly of World War II.

Olin had a knack for foreign languages; he was an enthusiastic guitar player, a devoted music afi- cionado and an advocate for artists.

His family said it hopes the tragedy will bring about greater awareness for bicycle safety.

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