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Former Amazon CFO dies in California bicycle accident

A California bicycle accident took the life of Amazon's first Chief Financial Officer, Joy Covey.  Though wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, the injuries were described as being so severe that the 50-year old woman was unable to recover.

Ms. Covey was riding a bicycle along a rural road and traveling downhill when the accident occurred.  A California Highway Patrol Officer stated that a minivan turned directly in front of her bicycle resulting in the collision.  Though the driver did not receive a citation at the time this story was reported, police indicated that investigation would continue.

Ironically, the driver may have been making deliveries for a customer of Amazon. Ms. Covey worked for Amazon as both a Vice President and a CEO from 1996 until 1999. She had once been called one of the 50 most powerful business women in America by Fortune Magazine. She had also worked for a number of non-profit organizations.

It's not clear yet whether the driver was at fault. However, as occurs in many bicycle accidents the failure of the driver to pay attention to bicycles on the road can lead to tragedies like this one.

Personal injury attorneys can investigate these types of accidents and discover how these incidents came about. Attorneys can also negotiate settlements and try cases in court to make certain family members are adequately compensated.


People that are killed in bicycle and pedestrian accidents come from all walks of life. Many of them have made substantial contributions to the community and the places where they work.

Source: USA Today, "Amazon's first CFO killed in bike accident," Evann Gastaldo, Sep. 20, 2013

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