Dump Truck in Crash That Killed LAPD Officer Was Due for Inspection

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    The undercarriage of the dump truck that crashed, leaving LAPD Officer Nicholas Lee dead, can be seen in this photo. Lee was killed on Friday, March 7, 2014.

    The dump truck involved in a crash that killed an LAPD officer would have been due for an inspection this year, sources told the NBC4 I-Team.

    The required review would have needed to take place within the next several months.

    The last inspection was in 2012 showed no problems. In 2010, an inspection revealed one of the truck's brakes was out of adjustment.

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    LAPD Police Chief Charlie Beck praises Officer Nicholas Lee as a model for what an officer should be Thursday, March 13, 2014. (Published Thursday, March 13, 2014)

    It was repaired and sold to the current truck company involved in the fatal crash.

    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, who was just three months out of the police academy, was hospitalized and released Saturday night.

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    Los Angeles residents and well-wishers joined in solemn tribute as hundreds of LAPD officers escorted fallen officer Nicholas Lee to his final resting place at Forest Lawn cemetery in Glendale. Conan Nolan reports from Glendale for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 13, 2014. (Published Thursday, March 13, 2014)

    The two 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.

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    Friends, family members, elected officials and hundreds of fellow LAPD police officers packed the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels to honor the life of Nicholas Lee, who was killed nearly a week earlier in a crash. John Cádiz Klemack reports from downtown Los Angeles for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 13, 2014. (Published Thursday, March 13, 2014)

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