A prominent lawyer and former COO of Napster was struck and killed by a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s patrol car while riding a bike Sunday afternoon in Calabasas.
According to local police reports, the collision took place at approximately 1 p.m. in the 22000 block of Mulholland Highway, where 65 year old Milton Olin, Jr. was cycling eastbound when he was hit by a patrol car driving in the same direction.
It remains unclear whether the vehicle was on a routine patrol or responding to an emergency situation at the time of the accident, but speed, as well as the influence of drugs or alcohol, has been ruled out as a possible factor. “It’s very tough when we’re involved in an accident like this,” said Sergeant Joseph Jaki. “It’s our job to protect the people and help people and we’re obviously very sad that something like this has happened.”
Olin was pronounced dead at the scene by responding paramedics, while the police officer inside the patrol car was hospitalized and treated for minor injuries. The collision reportedly shattered the car’s windshield, sending bits of glass into the officer’s eyes.
A lawyer for 38 years, Olin practiced business, labor and employment, and intellectual property law before servicing as the chief operating officer of Napster from 2000 to 2002. He also worked as the vice president of business development for A&M Records, where he was responsible for signing music artists and acquiring music rights.
In the wake of the accident, an investigation has been launched by the sheriff’s department’s Traffic Services Detail. Anyone who may have witnessed the collision is also being encouraged to call the LACSD’s Malibu/Lost Hills Station at (818) 878-1808, or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.
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