Officer Released After Fatal LAPD Crash in Beverly Hills

The injured officer asked that attention be placed on remembering Training Officer Nicholas Choung Lee, 40, who was killed in the crash

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    A female officer was recovering from a crash that killed a veteran Los Angeles Police Department veteran in Beverly Hills. Jane Yamamoto reports from Beverly Hills on Saturday, March 8, 2014.

    A female probationary officer injured in a Beverly Hills crash that killed a Los Angeles Police Department veteran was released from the hospital Saturday evening.

    The rookie officer  was listed in stable condition on Saturday morning, officials said. She was alert and in considerable pain after the crash Friday, according to LAPD Chief Charlie Beck.

    Colleagues said the officer was up and walking about her hospital room.

    Fatal LAPD Crash Investigation Continues

    [LA] Fatal LAPD Crash Investigation Continues
    The female officer who survived a deadly crash in Beverly Hills on Friday hopes to be released from a hospital today as the CHP continues their investigation into the crash that killed LAPD veteran Nicholas Choung Lee. Reggie Kumar reports live from Beverly Hills for Today in LA on Saturday, March 8, 2014.

    The injured officer's name has not been released. She is in her 20s and graduated from the police academy four years ago.

    As she was being treated at Cedars-Sinai in Beverly Hills on Saturday, she asked that the attention be placed on remembering Training Officer Nicholas Choung Lee, 40, who was killed in the crash.

    The two officers were responding to a call when their patrol vehicle collided with a dump truck at Loma Vista Driver near Doheny Road. Officials said it appeared the truck’s brakes failed before the crash.

    On Saturday, Mayor Eric Garcetti called for a moment of silence during his opening remarks at the California Democrats State Convention in downtown Los Angeles.

    Garcetti said he became friends with Lee while serving on the City Council.

    “He was just a man with a big heart, with a great mind and was a heck of a police officer,” Garcetti told NBC4.

    Outside the LAPD's Hollywood Division station where Lee served for more than a decade, the U.S. flag was flown at half-staff, and inside there were more tributes for the fallen officer.

    Condolences poured in on Friday for the 16-year veteran.

    “On behalf of the California Department of Justice, I extend my heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Officer Nicholas Lee," said California Attorney General Kamala Harris . "His death is a grave loss for the dedicated men and women of the Los Angeles Police Department and the whole of California’s law enforcement community. Our thoughts are also with the officer who was critically injured alongside Officer Lee."