Former Napster COO Milton Olin Jr. was killed while biking last December when a Los Angeles Sheriff’s Deputy lost control of his vehicle while using a laptop. Now, the L.A. County District Attorney is declining to bring charges against the deputy, saying there is not enough evidence to prove negligence.
According to the Los Angeles Daily News, officials acknowledge Deputy Andrew Wood was distracted at the time of the accident, but was “acting lawfully.”
“Wood entered the bicycle lane as a result of inattention caused by typing into his (Mobile Digital Computer),” according to the declination letter prepared by the Justice System Integrity Division of the District Attorney’s Office and released Wednesday. “He was responding to a deputy who was inquiring whether the fire investigation had been completed. Since Wood 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.”
The law does not prohibit officers from using an electronic wireless communications device in the performance of their duties, according to the letter. Furthermore, 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 [a fire call].
Unbelievable, man. So this worthless pig is not paying attention on the road, hits and kills a man in broad daylight, and the authorities response is “oops.” I can’t even…ugh.
But wait, there’s more! According to this article:
Wood had also been texting his wife from his personal phone minutes before the crash, but those texts were not thought to have contributed to Wood’s inattention while driving, the DA’s office said.
In a statement taken at the scene, Wood claimed that Olin had veered into his lane. The DA reported that the opposite was true.
So this deputy, ANDREW WOOD, was already texting and driving for personal reasons, which shows a pattern of carelessness and recklessness. But because the actual text he was sending at the time he crashed into the man was “work related,” that makes it okay?!? AND, most importantly, HE TRIED TO LIE ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED.
This is straight-up B.S., man. I’ve written about the dangers of texting and driving, or being otherwise distracted more than once on this blog. But I guess that only applies to us “civilians.” If you’re a cop, don’t worry!
And I’m not unreasonable, okay? I get the idea of accidents in the line of duty, but to me “in the line of duty” should apply to situations without other options. Like if someone’s shooting at people, and cops shoot back at him but one of their stray bullets hits and kills an innocent bystander, well, that’s a legitimate accident. Or even something like a high-speed chase, with a dangerous suspect. But responding to an email?!? I don’t think so! He could have pulled over for one minute!
You know that when cops are even able to get away with killing an innocent old rich White man, stuff is really getting effed up. This is not right. I hope the victim’s family sues that department’s collective buttocks off.
The worst part is that I’ve been searching but I can’t find any pictures of this killer, ANDREW WOOD. I think his face should be blasted all across the internet. If I ever find it I will.
R.I.P. Milton Olin Jr