Officer Fatality

03/07/2014 3:28 pm0 commentsViews: 13
Flowers placed at the Hollywood Police Station in memory of Nicholas C Lee . Photo by Gary McCarthy

Flowers placed at the Hollywood Police Station in memory of Nicholas C Lee .
Photo by Gary McCarthy

BEVERLY HILLS (CNS) – A veteran Los Angeles police training officer was
killed today and a rookie officer just three months out of the academy was
injured when their cruiser collided with a dump truck that may have lost its
brakes in Beverly Hills.
The crash near Robert Lane and Loma Vista Drive was reported about 8
a.m., according to the Beverly Hills Police Department. The training officer
died at the scene. A female probationary officer was critically injured and
taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, but she was expected to survive, LAPD
Chief Charlie Beck said.
The truck driver was also injured, but he is also expected to recover,
Beck said.
“It’s a sad day today in the city of Los Angeles and the whole
region,” Beck said outside the hospital. “Two Los Angeles police officers
responding to a call of unknown trouble assigned to Hollywood Division were
involved in a catastrophic traffic collision with a truck trailer, a trash
hauler. That accident resulted in a fatality of one of our officers, over a
decade-long veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, extremely well-
Beck said the female officer had graduated from the Police Academy about
three months ago.
“She is alert, in considerable pain from injuries that she will
survive,” he said. “They don’t require surgery. She has a tremendous heart.
She is determined to recover from her injuries.”
Beck declined to discuss the circumstances of the crash, but said the
brakes may have failed on the dump truck on the winding hill. The truck wound
up on its side.
The names of the officers were not immediately released.
The crash occurred about one block over the Beverly Hills border near
the Hollywood Hills. Beck noted that it is common for officers to cross
Beck and Mayor Eric Garcetti both visited the injured officer at the
hospital. Garcetti ordered city flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of the
fallen officer.
“We grieve a hero this morning,” Garcetti said. “An officer gave his
life in the service of the people of Los Angeles. Every officer in uniform, Los
Angeles Police Department and any police officer in this city and this county,
every single time they suit up, it could be their last day, and today it was.
“The folks in Hollywood Division, which as a council member I
represented for a long time, I know are grieving and I hope people will keep
the family as well as fellow officers and friends in their prayers. The chief
and I were able to visit with his partner and she’s strong, she’s going to make
it through this.”


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