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LAPD Beverly Hills crash: Injured officer released from hospital, Lee memorial planned

An LAPD police cruiser is seen after it was smashed up by a dump truck in Beverly Hills on Friday, March 7, 2014.
March 9, 2014 12:00:00 AM PST
The Los Angeles police officer who was injured in a Beverly Hills crash that killed her partner has been released from the hospital.

Officials with the Hollywood Division confirm the officer was released from Cedars Sinai on Saturday night. The officer, whose name has not been released, was undergoing tests at the hospital. She was listed in stable condition. She is a rookie just four months out of the police academy

Officer Nicholas Choung Lee, 40, was killed in the crash Friday morning at the intersection of Loma Vista Drive and Robert Lane. The two were in the patrol car when their cruiser collided with a truck hauling a trash container down a steep road. The patrol car was nearly demolished. Authorities say the truck may have lost its brakes.

Lee was pronounced dead at the scene. The truck driver was also injured, but is expected to recover.

Lee was a highly respected and much-honored member of the Los Angeles Police Department. In a video posted to YouTube just three days ago, Lee wishes a happy birthday to a 7-year-old boy battling leukemia.

A service for Lee is tentatively planned for Thursday at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. A donation fund has also been set for the family.

Lee is the first LAPD officer killed in the line of duty since 2008. A 16-year veteran member of the police force, Lee leaves behind a wife and two young daughters.

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