Cement Truck Overturns in Same Area Where LAPD Officer Died

LAPD Officer Nicholas Lee died in a crash with a dump truck on the same street two months ago

The driver of a cement truck was hospitalized Friday after his truck overturned in Beverly Hills on the same street where an officer was killed in a collision with a dump truck two months ago.

The crash was reported around 11 a.m. in the 1000 block of Loma Vista Drive, according to the Beverly Hills Police Department.

At least five cars were totaled in the wreck, which also brought down trees and light poles, officials said.

Cellphone video obtained by NBC4 showed stunned workers and residents looking at the wreckage.

"I heard the noise, the noise was boom boom boom," witness Maria Castenda said. "He passed fast. I said, 'Oh my God, oh my God.'"

The cement truck driver was thrown from the truck and hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

Workers who often do construction in the area said they see many speeding cars, and police have stepped up patrols.

"We do have officers out here on a daily basis," Beverly Hills Polce Lt. Renato Moreno said. "Our traffic enforcement bureau is out here enforcing all vehicle codes."

LAPD Officer Nicholas Lee, a training officer, was responding to a call with another officer March 7 when a dump truck collided with their patrol vehicle at Loma Vista Drive near Doheny Road, about .2 miles from Friday's crash.

Streets near the crash reopened just after 5 p.m.

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