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Sheriff’s Deputy Involved in Deadly Calabasas Crash Transfers to Courts Division

Deputy Andrew Wood, a 16-year veteran, is now assigned to performing administrative duties.

Sheriff’s Deputy Involved in Deadly Calabasas Crash Transfers to Courts Division

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy who fatally struck cyclist with his patrol car in Calabasas in December transferred to the department’s court services division, according to the Los Angeles Daily News.

Deputy Andrew Wood, a 16-year veteran, is now assigned to performing administrative duties in court services and had submitted his request to transfer to court services about a year ago, according to the report. 

“It happens all the time. With the timing, it could be that it had something to do with the accident, but I don’t know. All I know is that he put the request in a while ago, (and) it’s now been granted,” department spokesman Steve Whitmore said, according to the Daily News. 

The cyclist who was killed was Milton Everett Olin, Jr., 65, of Woodland Hills, a former executive with Napster. A California State Bar Association listing shows Olin has been a lawyer 38 years and practiced business, labor and employment and intellectual property law from a firm he co-founded, Altschul & Olin LLC in Encino.

The fatal incident happened about 1 p.m. on Dec. 9 in the 22000 block of Mulholland Highway, Los Angeles County sheriff's Lt. Michael Williams said.

Olin was pronounced dead at the scene and the deputy involved was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries, he said.

The patrol car's windshield was smashed, a witness at the scene said.

The deputy was left with glass in his eyes and cuts on an arm, according to media reports.

Both the bicyclist and the patrol car were eastbound when it happened, Williams said.

Speed, drugs and alcohol are not believed to be factors in the crash, sheriff's Sgt. Joseph Jaki told KCAL9.

"It's very tough when we're involved in an accident like this because it's our job to protect the people and help people and we're obviously very sad that something like this has happened," Jaki said.   

The sheriff's Traffic Services Detail is still investigating the fatality.

-- City News Service contributed to this report. 

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