Former Napster executive killed by police patrol while cycling


An investigator collects evidence on the famous Mulholland Highway.

Former high ranking Napster executive Milton Everett Olin Jr. was killed Sunday after he was hit by a police car while cycling.

According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department, the 65 year old was travelling in the bike lane when he was struck by the deputy, who has not been identified. The policeman was also reportedly travelling in the same direction of the entertainment guru when the accident occurred on Mulholland Highway.

Daily News reports Olin landed on the windshield, shattering the glass and landing on the street- later dying of his injuries. The driver sustained minor injuries and was later taken to hospital. The cause of the accident is being investigated.

While Olin was best known for his executive position at Napster, he was also known for co-finding law firm Altschul & Olin LLP. The Woodland Hills resident also held the Vice-President position at A&M records prior to his Napster stint where he was responsible for signing artists.

Released in 1999, Napster was an innovator of peer-to-peer services where users could easily share files and music. The company was forced to evolve into an online music subscription service after it was sued for copyright infringement and was eventually acquired by Rhapsody in 2011.

Source: Daily News | Image via CBS

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kravex said,
From the picture that's a huge bike lane, they're not that big in the UK, is that really a bike lane?

They're bigger cause us Americans are fat. In fact we have to post a sign on the back of our bikes that reads 'Wide Load - Caution". ;-)

What you are seeing is the oncoming lane of the street, not the bike lane. Bikers have to stay between the yellow line and the bushes.

recursive said,
What you are seeing is the oncoming lane of the street, not the bike lane. Bikers have to stay between the yellow line and the bushes.

oh so the "bike lane" is a 4 inch wide concrete curb alongside the bushes?

IF that is an actual picture of the scene, there is no bike lane. Therefore the bike rider should NOT have been riding on this road. Not a biased opinion, even though I think ALL bikes riders should be restricted to the sidewalk, but if there is no bike lane on the road, it is not safe for bikers.

To those saying the cop will get a slap on the wrist you wrong. To be fair if this was a justified shooting there's a good chance a police officer can "get off". However in almost all cases where there is a VEHICLE accident resulting in a death, especially when the police officer was not responding to an emergency call that cop usually gets some jail time, loses their job, and/or whatever the appropriate penalty relative to that traffic violation is.

My guess is the officer was likely looking at their work computer and drifted slightly before striking the cyclist. It's possible that he was speeding too but at a minimum I think it's fair to say he/she was distracted one way or the other.

Assuming the cyclist did not veer into the path of the patrol car, I think the likely punishment for the officer is loss of their job, loss of certification, possible jail time.

My guess is that this cop was texting on his phone while driving like the many cops I see here in Los Angeles. Condolences to the family.

Edit: I drive Mulholland every time I go to UCLA. Not the best road for a bike ride!

Edited by JHBrown, Dec 11 2013, 7:49pm :

WTF was the cop doing [s]driving[/s] speeding in the bike lane anyway? I hope they toss him in jail for this, but he'll likely get off with a slap on the wrist.

Romero said,
WTF was the cop doing [s]driving[/s] speeding in the bike lane anyway? I hope they toss him in jail for this, but he'll likely get off with a slap on the wrist.
Slap on the wrist for sure. The LAPD and Sheriffs department are crooked here. This cop was distracted by doing something else while driving.

I bet. I always see the cops on their cell phones (talking and texting) while driving, and if not that they are on the laptops that are built into the cars. This is certainly NOT safe at all.

este said,
I bet. I always see the cops on their cell phones (talking and texting) while driving, and if not that they are on the laptops that are built into the cars. This is certainly NOT safe at all.
Agree. I know they are "trained" drivers, but talking on the phone, texting, and looking at their Toughbook Laptops, is a recipe for disaster. I'm surprised this hasn't happened before.

Romero said,
WTF was the cop doing [s]driving[/s] speeding in the bike lane anyway? I hope they toss him in jail for this, but he'll likely get off with a slap on the wrist.

Yep, that's what happened to this cop who ruined countless lives and sent many innocent people to jail for 30 years: http://www.theroot.com/article...ter_30_years_in_prison.html

Bumbaclot only got 4.5 years in jail for beating "confessions" out of people. This is why torture doesn't solve any crimes, of course innocent people are going to confess to things they haven't done... They don't want to be tortured anymore!

este said,
I bet. I always see the cops on their cell phones (talking and texting) while driving, and if not that they are on the laptops that are built into the cars. This is certainly NOT safe at all.

Couldn't agree more!

Wonder what would happen if I mounted my laptop to the dash of the car, in plain site?

Still,
Very sad some one died, especially like this.

Co-ords said,
Always sad when someone dies...

If this guy wasn't associated with Napster, you never would've heard of him getting run over.

Tragic, but that's how it is.

_dandy_ said,

If this guy wasn't associated with Napster, you never would've heard of him getting run over.

Tragic, but that's how it is.

I'm pretty sure my local news would have reported it, just like any news. Especially if a police officer was involved.

Dinggus said,
I'm pretty sure my local news would have reported it, just like any news. Especially if a police officer was involved.

If you live in that area, sure, you'll get coverage from your local news. But that's where it would've stopped.

_dandy_ said,

If you live in that area, sure, you'll get coverage from your local news. But that's where it would've stopped.

Still people would have heard about it....