Injured LAPD Officer Released from Hospital After Collision With Big Rig
A Los Angeles Police Department officer injured in a collision that killed her partner was released from the hospital, officials said Sunday.
The rookie female officer – identified only as Stephanie — was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Friday morning after the patrol car she was in collided with a big rig in Beverly Hills at the intersection of Loma Vista Drive and Robert Lane (map), according to the Beverly Hills Fire Department.
She was released on Saturday night, police spokesperson Rosario Herrera said.
Several media outlets, including KTLA 5, had been waiting outside the hospital to interview the injured officer, but she avoided the cameras.
Her training officer, Nicholas Choung Lee, 40, of the Hollywood Division, was killed in the collision.
Lee died at the scene. Once his body was removed from the crash site in Beverly Hills, it was escorted by a police procession to the coroner’s office.
The veteran officer had been with the department for 16 years, serving in the Van Nuys, Wilshire and Hollywood areas, the LAPD said.
A fund has been set up at the Los Angeles Police Federal Credit Union to assist Lee’s family.
The male truck driver was taken to the hospital along with the female officer. Authorities said his injuries were not life-threatening.
The truck was traveling southbound on Loma Vista, a steep road, while the patrol car was traveling northbound, according to CHP Officer Leland Tang.
A preliminary investigation indicated that the truck’s brakes may have failed, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said at a news conference Friday.
The exact cause of the crash was under investigation by the Beverly Hills police and fire departments, the LAPD and the California Highway Patrol.