Former CFO of Amazon dies in bicycle accident
WOODSIDE, CA – The former chief financial officer for Amazon has died, after the bicycle she was riding collided with a minivan on Wednesday afternoon.
According to the California Highway Patrol, 50-year-old Joy Covey was riding her bicycle downhill on Skyline Boulevard at approximately 1:30 p.m., when a Mazda minivan driven by a 22-year-old Fremont man turned to make a left turn onto Elk Tree Road directly in front of Covey.
The resulting collision shut down southbound state Highway 35 at state Highway 84 for two hours.
Covey was pronounced dead at the scene.
Covey, a Woodside resident, was the CFO at Amazon during its initial public offering. When she first joined the company, it had 150 employees with $16 million in sales.
In more recent years, Covey has been a trustee at the New York-based Natural Resources Defense Council. The organization said she “loves adventure, travel, and outdoor activities, including kit surfing, skiing, and cycling.” The NRDC called her an active environmentalist and referenced a time when she used her pilot license to rescue a grizzly cub from Alaska and transport a Mexican gray wolf from St. Louis to the Southwest.
Council president Frances Beinecke said in a statement, “She encapsulated the heart and soul of NRDC and will be so deeply missed by all the NRDC family.” Continuing he said, “Her adventurous and indomitable spirit was infectious and she constantly challenged us to reach greater heights.”
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