Family Will File Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against LA Cop That Killed Entertainment Lawyer in Bike Crash
The family of an entertainment lawyer and former COO of Napster announced on Thursday, August 28th, that they would move forward with the wrongful death lawsuit filed against the Los Angeles County Police Department and the officer whose distracted driving led to a bike crash.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office declined, earlier this week, to file criminal negligence charges against the police officer who caused the bike crash. Reportedly, the sheriff’s deputy was driving along Mulholland Drive while using his mobile digital computer to send a work-related text message, when a bend in the road caused him to veer into the bike lane. Because of his distracted driving, the deputy fatally struck 65-year-old cyclist Milton Olin, Jr, a prominent Los Angeles entertainment lawyer and former COO of Napster.
However, the DA’s office announced that, because of an exemption in California distracted driving legislation that allows emergency responders to use cell phones and other portable electronic devices while driving, the sheriff’s deputy was not at fault and no criminal charges would be filed in the fatal distracted driving bike crash.
“[Deputy Andrew] 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, immediately striking” Olin, according to the incident report. The DA’s office stated that there was insufficient evidence against Wood to file criminal negligence charges.
In response to the announcement related to Olin’s December 8th, 2013 death, Olin’s family stated on Thursday that they would move forward with a wrongful death civil lawsuit, including Los Angeles County, the county sheriff’s department, and Deputy Wood responsible for Olin’s bike crash death.
“The county has acknowledged that Deputy Wood was driving while distracted,” said the Olin family attorney. “The Olin family intends to move forward with their lawsuit to hold the county, the Sheriff’s Department and Deputy Wood accountable through the civil justice system.”
Wrongful Death Lawsuits in South Carolina
The unexpected loss of a loved is a very painful experience. While mourning their loss, surviving family members are often with mounting medical bills, the loss of an income, and sudden expenses such as hospital bills and funeral costs.
If a loved one dies as a result of the negligence, reckless, or intentional conduct of another, you may be entitled to bring a claim for wrongful death. A wrongful death lawsuit filed asserts a claim against a person who can be held legally responsible for a death. Surviving family members may be entitled to damages; money that can help with the expenses caused by the loss of their loved one.
Depending upon the circumstances, our South Carolina wrongful death attorneys may also assert a claim for punitive damages intended to punish the wrongdoer and deter others from engaging in such behavior.
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The wrongful death lawyers at the Strom Law Firm, LLC, will help you during this extremely difficult and emotional time. You do not have to face the emotional and financial pain of a loved one’s wrongful death alone. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed through no fault of your own, contact the South Carolina wrongful death attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, LLC today for a free, no-cost consultation today. 803.252.4800