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Napster killer walks free

by on02 September 2014

Gets get out of jail free card

The cop who killed a founder of Napster has been given a get out of jail free card even though he was answering an email when he knocked Milton Olin off his bike.

Olin was riding his bicycle in the 22400 block of Mulholland Highway when he was struck by LA County Sheriff’s Deputy Andrew Wood’s patrol car in the bicycle lane on the afternoon of December 8. The former A&M Records and Napster executive reportedly landed on the windshield and shattered the glass before rolling off the patrol car. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Wood said that he was answering an email and did not see Olin. He was returning from a fire call at Calabasas High School at the time of the collision. Apparently the urgent email was from another cop who was asking if he was coming back from the fire.

Apparently the prosecutors said that because he was acting within the course and scope of his duties when he began to type his response, under Vehicle Code section 23123.5, he acted lawfully.

Prosecutors said it was “reasonable” that Wood would have felt that an immediate response was necessary so that a Calabasas deputy wouldn't unnecessarily respond to the high school.

Olin’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit in July against the county, the Sheriff’s Department and the deputy, alleging driver negligence and seeking to obtain more information about the incident.

Olin, who was 65 years old and is survived by his wife, Louise, and sons Christopher and Geoffrey, was a partner of the Encino-based law firm Altschul & Olin LLP and had also served as chief operating officer of A&M Records and of the online music store Napster.


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