Cop Replies To Email While Driving And Kills Man, Will Not Face ChargesSubmitted by Jao171 on Fri, 08/29/2014 - 12:37
Prosecutors in California have declined to file charges against a sheriff’s deputy who struck and killed Milton Olin. Olin was a sixty-five-year-old prominent entertainment attorney and former chief operating officer of the online file-sharing service Napster.
Deputy Andrew Wood was distracted by his mobile digital computer and he allowed his patrol car to drift into the bike lane where he struck and killed the bike riding Olin.
From the Daily Mail Online:
Prosecutors said in a letter released Wednesday and cited by Los Angeles Daily News that because Wood was acting within the course of his duties when typing into his computer, criminal charges are not warranted.
Under the law, law enforcement officials are allowed to use electronic wireless devices while carrying out their duties.
The victim’s family have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Sheriff’s Department and accused Wood of negligence.