On Wednesday September 18, 2013 at around 1:30 P.M., Woodside resident Joy Covey was riding her bike downhill on Elk Street when she was struck by a minivan making an unsafe left turn. According to California Highway Patrol Officials, a 22-year-old Fresno man in a Mazda minivan turned left directly in front of Ms. Covey near the intersection of Skyline Boulevard and Elk Tree Road in Woodside, California.
Despite the fact that Ms. Covey was wearing a helmet, she was unable to survive the fatal injuries she sustained as a result of the accident. Emergency responders pronounced Ms. Covey dead at the scene. At Matiasic Roth & Johnson LLP our thoughts and prayers are with Ms. Covey’s family in their time of grief.
Ms. Covey is known for her impressive accomplishments and warm spirit. Ms. Covey dropped out of high school at the age of 15 before graduating with a degree from Cal State Fresno in 2.5 years. She later scored the second highest in the country on the certified public accountant exam. Ms. Covey eventually obtained an MBA and a law degree from Harvard.
Ms. Covey would become a well-known and influential executive in Silicon Valley. Ms. Covey was instrumental in the founding of Amazon and served as its Chief Financial Officer during a period of unprecedented growth. She was widely recognized for her business acumen and was named the most powerful woman in business in 1999 by Fortune Magazine. Ms. Covey most recently worked as a Director for the Natural Resource Defense Council and was also involved with nonprofit groups.
Subsequent reports indicate that the driver of the minivan may have been making deliveries for the shipping service OnTrac at the time of the accident. If the driver was in the course of scope of employment at the time of the accident his employer may also share some of the liability for this devastating accident.
Ms. Covey is survived by her husband and 8-year-old son. At Matiasic Roth and Johnson LLP, our thoughts and prayers remain with the family of Joy Covey. The dedicated bicycle accident lawyers of Matiasic Roth & Johnson LLP are committed to helping families who have experienced the wrongful death of a loved one. Although no amount of money can bring back a lost loved one, we are committed to fighting for victims and their families to get them the compensation they deserve.