Deputy who fatally hit bicyclist while texting will not face charges

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LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles sheriff’s deputy who was texting and typing on a laptop seconds before his patrol car struck a 65-year-old bicyclist will not face any criminal charges, officials said this week.

The deputy’s actions, authorities said, cannot be proved negligent because he was answering a work-related message, KTLA reported.

The collision, which occurred on Dec. 8, 2013, killed Milton Olin, a prominent entertainment attorney. Olin was well-known from time he spent as an executive with the music sharing service Napster. The case garnered widespread attention among bicyclists and prompted a civil lawsuit from his family.

Deputy Andrew Wood did not brake before hitting Olin, according to court documents. He was texting with his wife less than one minute prior to the collision, but police determined that he was communicating with another deputy via his in-car work laptop at the time of the crash. This distinction means no crime can be proven, the District Attorney’s Office said.

Wood initially reported that Olin swerved out of the bike lane and into traffic, but that was later determined not to be true, according to Deputy District Attorney Rosa Alarcon.

California’s prohibition on texting or making calls on handheld cellphones while driving does not apply to emergency services personnel “operating an authorized emergency vehicle … in the course and scope of his or her duties,” according to state law.

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16 comments

  • Judy

    BS. Just like government, they need to abide by the laws also. He was not on an emergency or his lights and sirens would have been on. Time to vote for politicians who will make all law abiding citizens.

  • MSG Chuck

    I like how he initially lied about the man being out of the bike lane……how about charges for at least that.

  • Sam

    Since when does answering a work related text mean it is not breaking the law. No wonder Americans don’t respect authority anymore. Lying = perjury, I guess that is okay also now.

  • Cindy Jencks

    It is unsafe to have your eyes off the road regardless if you are a police officer or a taxi driver. Police don’t have any more eyes than anyone else and being killed hurts regardless. Isn’t the police killing enough civilians?

  • Test

    The constitution has no provisions for unequal protections under the law. These laws that exempt certain government employees from crimes are illegal.

  • Test

    Fort Collins police love to play with their computers while driving too. I had one rolling through a stop sign at me while biking once. When I yelled to get his attention he looked up and then pulled over to “talk” to me. Shut the computers and drive. My kids now keep a running tally of cops who illegally have their computers open while driving.

  • Anonymous

    cannot be proved negligent because he was answering a work-related message”””””HE ISNT VERY GOOD AT HIS JOB IS HE?

  • August Zigmond

    Odd how those hired to “enforce the law”, are always above it. Any one of us does the same thing we’re going to prison, this guy murders another human being and it’s simply ignored

  • Andy

    Typical coward not to own up to what he did . Knowing he is wrong then lie about that shows guilt but not for a police officer who can do no wrong. They should let the family take care of this liar, he no good to anyone.

  • Test

    Just for the record this was in California where they justify all kinds of ridiculous laws in the name of “safety”. Meanwhile they allow cops to text on the phone while they type on their computers and if someone dies oh well, no big deal. Safety eh? Thanks Democrats.

    • Steve

      It has nothing to do with democrats or republicans, worthless POS PIGS covering and lying for each other. It’s happening in all states, not just California

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