L.A. Cop Will Not Be Charged In Distracted Driving Death
Family of victim will go ahead with lawsuit regardless of announcement
An L.A. County Sheriff's Deputy will not be charged in the death of a cyclist he hit and killed last December while he was driving and using his mobile on-board computer.
Sheriff's Deputy Andrew Wood was returning from a fire at Calabasas High School, according to the Los Angeles Daily News, and was responding to an inquiry about the investigation on his on-board computer when his police cruiser wandered into the bike lane on a sharp curve on eastbound Mulholland Highway, striking cyclist and famous entertainment lawyer Milton Olin Jr. Olin was hit with so much force that his body shattered the windshield of Wood's cruiser. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney acknowledged Wood was driving distracted when he struck Olin, but announced that no charges will be pressed against the officer due to insufficient evidence. Because Wood was using his on-board computer for official police business the D.A. could not find proof that he was acting unprofessionally when he struck Olin.
"Wood briefly took his eyes away from the road precisely when the narrow roadway curved slightly to the left without prior warning, causing him to inadvertently travel straight into the bike lane..." read a charge evaluation worksheet quoted by CBS Los Angeles.
Olin's family is going ahead with a lawsuit against the department, claiming the deputy was negligent. The lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages.
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