Former Napster COO Killed in Crash With Patrol Car

The bicyclist killed in a Calabasas crash was identified as Milton Olin of Woodland Hills.

FILE PHOTO: Police lights. Photo credit Nicole Mooradian.
FILE PHOTO: Police lights. Photo credit Nicole Mooradian.

The bicyclist who was struck by a Los Angeles County sheriff's patrol car and killed in Calabasas today has been identified as a prominent lawyer, authorities said.

The dead cyclist is Milton Everett Olin, Jr., 65, of Woodland Hills, according to coroner's Lt. Joe Bale.

A California State Bar Association listing shows Olin has been a lawyer 38 years and practiced business, labor and employment and intellectual property law from a firm he co-founded, Altschul & Olin LLC in Encino.

A biography produced for a conference stated Olin practiced internet, intellectual property and entertainment law, and according to his LinkedIn profile, he was the COO of Napster from 2000-2002.

The fatal incident happened about 1 p.m. in the 22000 block of Mulholland Highway, Los Angeles County sheriff's Lt. Michael Williams said.

Olin was pronounced dead at the scene and the deputy involved was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries, he said.

The patrol car's windshield was smashed, a witness at the scene said.

The deputy was left with glass in his eyes and cuts on an arm, according to media reports.

Both the bicyclist and the patrol car were eastbound when it happened, Williams said.

Speed, drugs and alcohol are not believed to be factors in the crash, sheriff's Sgt. Joseph Jaki told KCAL9.

"It's very tough when we're involved in an accident like this because it's our job to protect the people and help people and we're obviously very sad that something like this has happened," Jaki said.   

The sheriff's Traffic Services Detail was investigating the fatality, Williams said.

—City News Service, with additional reporting by editor Nicole Mooradian.

Rick Petitfils December 09, 2013 at 01:33 PM
I have lived off Las Virgenes/Lost Hills area for 28 years. There have been several deaths to bicyclists over the years. It appears to be the fault of both bicylists and motorists. Mulhollland and Malibu Canyon roads are narrow and dangerous. Sometimes especially on weekends there are multitudes of cyclists going to Malibu and they do not go single file. This in combination to inexperienced drivers on winding roads is very dangerous. Yes you have the right to bike on our streets, just remember you are inches from some inattentive driver from being killed. Agoura road is much wider and less dangerous. I do not ride bikes much but as an avid walker and hiker in the area, I have almost been hit many times just trying to cross the streets by both cyclists and cars.


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