A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy who struck and killed a former Napster executive as he was riding his bicycle in Calabasas last year sent six text messages in the moments leading up to the collision, court records show.
Police reports say Olin was struck from behind with enough force that it projected him into the air. He landed in a heap on the road behind the patrol car, authorities said.
Witnesses told investigators that the deputy had failed to negotiate the curve on Mulholland and drove straight into the bike. There was no indication the patrolman ever hit his brakes before colliding with the bike, they said.
The coroner's office determined that Olin died of blunt-force trauma.
The family has since filed a wrongful death suit and is hopeful the discovery process, when reports and evidence can be obtained, will yield a clearer picture of what happened that December afternoon.
"Losing a loved one is never easy, but when it happens catastrophically it is difficult to get a sense of closure," said Chris Olin, one of Olin's two grown children. "We're still grieving and struggling."