A rosary service will be held tonight in memory of Los Angeles police Officer Nicholas Choung Lee, who was killed when his patrol car was struck by a dump truck in Beverly Hills.
Lee, 40, died at the scene of the crash, which occurred around 8 a.m. Friday near Robert Lane and Loma Vista Drive in Beverly Hills, about one block across the city line. His partner, a rookie officer just three months out of the police academy, was hospitalized and released Saturday night. The pair were responding to an "unknown trouble" call when the crash occurred.
An investigation into the crash is continuing, but Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck said last week the initial indication appears to be that the truck, which wound up on its side after striking the patrol car, may have lost its brakes.
A 16-year veteran who received more than 70 commendations, the Korean- born Lee had previously been assigned to the Van Nuys and Wilshire Stations prior to the Hollywood Station, police said. He is survived by his wife and two young daughters.
The rosary service will be held at 7 p.m. at St. Basil Catholic Church, 3611 Wilshire Blvd.
Funeral services are scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W. Temple St., followed by a graveside service at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, 1712 S. Glendale Ave., Glendale.
Due to the service and procession, motorists in the downtown area should anticipate some traffic delays. According to the LAPD, three streets will be closed beginning at 6:30 a.m.:
- Hill Street between Ord and First streets
- Temple Street between Grand Avenue and Broadway
- northbound Grand Avenue between First and Temple streets
After the service at the cathedral, the funeral procession will travel west on Temple Street to northbound Glendale Boulevard, then north on the Glendale (2) Freeway, west on San Fernando Road and north on Glendale Avenue to the cemetery.
Lee was the 205th LAPD officer to die in the line of duty, according the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the union representing LAPD officers. The last was SWAT Officer Randy Simmons in 2008, according to Officer Nuria Vanegas of the LAPD's Media Relations Section.
Two LAPD officers died in Iraq in 2010 while serving in the U.S. military, she said.
A memorial fund has been set up for Lee's family. Donations can be made to Los Angeles Police Federal Credit Union/Attention: Nicholas Lee/Blue Ribbon Fund, P.O. Box 10188, Van Nuys, CA, 91410.
—City News Service