2013-12-12 / Front Page

Sheriff’s deputy strikes, kills cyclist on Mulholland Hwy.

By Sylvie Belmond


DECEASED—Milton Everett Olin Jr. was killed Sunday while riding his bike on Mulholland Highway. DECEASED—Milton Everett Olin Jr. was killed Sunday while riding his bike on Mulholland Highway. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Traffic Services Detail has begun the investigation into the death of former Napster Chief Operating Officer Milton Everett Olin Jr., 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 investigation is being withheld. According to Lost Hills Capt. Pat Davoren, he is a 16-year veteran.

A 65-year-old Woodland Hills resident, Olin was riding his bicycle east, in the same direction as the patrol car, when the collision occurred.

The incident occurred shortly after 1 p.m. 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 in Calabasas. 
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 in Calabasas. 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.”

Officials are trying to re-create the accident and are looking for witnesses, said Lt. Jim Royal of the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station.

Olin, an entertainment lawyer and former executive for 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. 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,” he 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,” Calabasas 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 with Altschul & Olin LLP, Olin was vice president of business and development for A&M Records and Polygram.

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,” 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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