Santa Monica, CA-Attorneys with the Santa Monica Law Firm Greene Broillet & Wheeler announced Wednesday the filing of a lawsuit on behalf of the family of Milton Olin Jr., a bicyclist who was struck and killed by a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy.
“This accident should have never happened,” said lead attorney, Bruce Broillet. “The negligence of a sheriff’s deputy caused this terrible tragedy.”
Mr. Olin, a prominent entertainment attorney, died in the collision on December 8, 2013 while riding in the bike lane on Mulholland Highway in Calabasas. He was cycling on a Sunday afternoon just after 1pm when the Deputy’s vehicle struck Olin from behind.
The wrongful death lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court will hold the County and the Sheriff’s Department accountable for the incident. It has been nearly 8 months since Mr. Olin’s death and yet the Sheriff’s Department’s Traffic Services Detail has refused to release its investigation findings. The Sheriff’s Department has denied the Olin family a copy of the traffic collision report.
“In this instance, the Sheriff’s Department was investigating itself for what happened with Deputy Wood that day in the bright sunshine in Calabasas,” said Broillet. “There needs to be transparency from the Sheriff’s Department.
The family is entitled to know the details of the incident. We want all the evidence.”
Olin, 65, lived in Woodland hills and was a partner in the Encino-based law firm Altschul & Olin LLP. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Louise and their two sons, Christopher, age 30, and Geoffrey, age 27.
“Losing a loved one is never easy. When it happens catastrophically it is difficult to get a sense of closure,” said Christopher Olin, “we’re still grieving and struggling with this enormous loss.”