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Bicyclist’s Wrongful Death may have been Due to Distracted Deputy

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The family of bicyclist and prominent entertainment attorney who was killed in an auto-pedestrian accident with a deputy’s patrol car has filed a wrongful death. The suit alleges negligence on the part of the deputy and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The family is seeking general damages in excess of $50,000, unspecified economic damages and reimbursement for costs related to Olin’s death and the lawsuit. The family has yet to receive a copy of the accident report.

Milton Olin, Jr. was riding his bike eastbound in a dedicated bike lane when he was struck by the deputy’s Ford Crown Victoria patrol car also travelling eastbound. According to reports, the deputy failed to negotiate a left curve in the roadway and entered the bike lane. A witness said the deputy did not brake before hitting Olin, whose body flew into the air and over the patrol car. The accident happened on December 8, 2013. Olin was pronounced dead at the scene. The deputy suffered minor injuries
According to a search warrant affidavit obtained by the Daily News, the deputy was texting from his personal phone shortly before the accident. It’s not clear if he was texting at the exact moment he slammed into Olin, but records show he had sent more than 100 text messages since about 6:15 a.m. that morning, including six in the five minutes before the crash. State law that prohibits texting or making calls on handheld cell phones while driving does not apply to emergency services personnel “operating an authorized emergency vehicle … in the course and scope of his or her duties.” In addition, Sheriff’s Department policy prohibits the use of cell phones in a county-owned vehicle “absent extenuating circumstances.”

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