Memorial services were planned for Wednesday and Thursday for Los Angeles Police Officer Nicholas Choung Lee, who was killed last week in a traffic collision in Beverly Hills.
Lee, 40, of the Hollywood Division, died at the scene of the crash Friday morning when the patrol car he was riding in collided with a big rig at the intersection of Loma Vista Drive and Robert Lane (map), according to the Beverly Hills Fire Department.
The exact cause of the crash was under investigation, but a preliminary report indicated that the truck’s brakes may have failed as it was traveling southbound on Loma Vista, while the patrol car was traveling northbound.
A rookie female officer — identified only as Stephanie — was also in the patrol car with Lee. She was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and was released Saturday night, police spokesperson Rasario Herrera said.
The male truck driver was also taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries, authorities said.
Once Lee’s body was removed from the crash site, it was escorted by a police procession to the coroner’s office.
A fund has been set up at the Los Angeles Police Federal Credit Union to assist Lee’s family.
A rosary service was planned for Lee on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at St. Basil Catholic Church at 3611 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles (map), the department stated in a news release Tuesday.
On Thursday, a memorial service was scheduled to be held inside the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels at 555 W. Temple St., Los Angeles (map), beginning at 9 a.m.
The service was to be immediately followed by traditional honors outside in the Cathedral Plaza, according to the department.
A procession to Forest Lawn Memorial Forest Lawn Memorial Park at 1712 S. Glendale Ave., in Glendale (map), was expected to begin at 11:30 a.m. followed by the burial.