Joy Dianne Covey, a former CFO of Amazon and a Woodside resident, was killed Wednesday (Sept. 18) when the bicycle she was riding collided with a van on Skyline Boulevard.
The San Mateo County Coroner's Office confirmed Ms. Covey's death.
The California Highway Patrol is investigating the incident.
Officers released the driver of the van at the scene. If the district attorney were to bring charges against the driver, that would have to wait until after the CHP concludes its investigation, CHP Officer Art Montiel said.
Ms. Covey, 50, was the current treasurer for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).
She was a chief financial officer at Amazon from 1996 to 1999, according to a biography from California State University in Fresno. In 2003, she received the university's Distinguished Alumna Award. Her bachelor's degree from Fresno in business administration was awarded summa cum laude.
Ms. Covey was an alumna of Harvard Law School, from which she graduated magna cum laude, and the Harvard Business School. Both degrees were awarded in 1990.
In 1999, Fortune magazine named Ms. Covey one of the 50 Most Powerful Business Women in America, and in 2000, the World Economic Forum selected her as one of 100 "Global Leaders for Tomorrow."
Ms. Covey was "a close friend and advisor (and) a deeply committed environmentalist," NRDC spokesperson Kate Slusark Kiely said in an email. "She encapsulated the heart and soul of NRDC and will be so deeply missed by all the NRDC family. Her adventurous and indomitable spirit was infectious and she constantly challenged us to reaching greater heights. My love and deepest sympathies to her son and everyone who knew, loved and respected her as I did."
Ms. Covey was traveling northbound on a downhill section of Skyline at about 1:30 p.m. Sept. 18 when a white Mazda minivan turned left onto Elk Tree Road "directly in front of the bicycle," the California Highway Patrol said.
The bike collided with the right side of the van, the CHP said. A 22-year-old man from Fremont was driving the van, the CHP said.
Authorities closed the southbound lane of Highway 35 at Highway 84 in Skylonda shortly after 2 p.m. and issued a Sig alert; they re-opened the roadway at about 3:30 p.m., according to the CHP.
Medics pronounced Ms. Covey dead at the scene as a result of the collision. She was wearing a helmet, the CHP said.
The CHP is asking witnesses to call Officer Barry Van Otten at 650-369-6261.
CHP officers received the 911 call just before 1:30 p.m. and medics were on the scene by 1:38. The medics called in a LifeFlight helicopter ambulance, according to CHP records.
"It does not appear that drugs or alcohol were a factor in this collision," according to the CHP.
Click here to see Kara Swisher's posting on Joy Covey on AllThingsD.com.
From Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council:
"The entire NRDC family is devastated by the tragic loss of our beloved Trustee, Joy Covey.
"Joy was an intrepid traveler and true adventurer. During her nine years as a NRDC trustee, she worked tirelessly to help protect our oceans and last wild places. Her indomitable spirit and her passion for nature and wildlife were infectious to all her knew her. As NRDC's treasurer, Joy was a bold and gutsy financial leader. She had a brilliant financial mind that helped shape NRDC's financial vision.
"Joy embodied the values and spirit that drive our work and will continue to inspire us to reach ever greater heights. Joy was a committed environmentalist, an impressive business woman and, most important of all, a dedicated loving mother. She leaves behind a legacy to be admired. My love and deepest sympathies go out to her son and everyone who knew, loved and respected her, as I did."