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Fatal LAPD Crash Investigation to Last "Months"

 


Credit: Eric Leonard

CHP officials said Monday the results of its investigation into the crash in Beverly Hills that claimed the life of an LAPD officer were, “months away."

It may take several weeks to complete the forensic mechanical analysis on the wreckage of the trash hauling truck that struck the LAPD cruiser on Loma Vista Dr. last Friday, said CHP officer Leland Tang.

Investigators would then use the results of that examination along with data gathered at the crash scene to produce a computer analysis and recreation of the collision.

No arrests had been made or citations issued as of Monday, Tang said, and confirmed investigators visited a property in Pacoima where the truck was registered to an, “owner operator.”

LAPD Hollywood Division Officer Nick Lee was killed instantly when the patrol car he was driving uphill on Loma Vista Dr. was struck by a trash hauling truck traveling downhill.

Chief Charlie Beck said it was possible the truck had suffered some sort of mechanical or brake failure.

“I was at scene, there was hundreds of feet of serpentine skid marks,” Beck said Monday.

“It was obvious when you look at the evidence that there was issues with the operation of the truck.”

Lee’s partner, a trainee 3 months out of the police academy, was injured in the crash and released from Cedars Sinai Medical Center on Saturday night, according to the LAPD.

Funeral services for Officer Lee are scheduled for Thursday morning at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Downtown L.A.

A fund for Lee’s family has been arranged by the L.A. Police Federal Credit Union: http://www.lapfcu.org/home/community/donationnicholaslee 

-- Eric Leonard

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