LAPD officer killed in traffic accident

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A Los Angeles Coroners official walks by the scene of a wreck Friday March 7, 2014 where a Los Angeles police officer was killed and another critically injured, when their cruiser was struck by a big rig at a Beverly Hills, Calif., intersection. (AP Photo/Nick Ut )

A Los Angeles Coroners official walks by the scene of a wreck Friday March 7, 2014 where a Los Angeles police officer was killed and another critically injured, when their cruiser was struck by a big rig at a Beverly Hills, Calif., intersection. (AP Photo/Nick Ut )

BEVERLY HILLS (CNS) – A veteran Los Angeles police training officer was killed today and a rookie officer just three months out of the academy was injured when their cruiser collided with a dump truck that may have lost its brakes in Beverly Hills.

The crash near Robert Lane and Loma Vista Drive was reported about 8 a.m., according to the Beverly Hills Police Department. The training officer died at the scene. A female probationary officer was critically injured and taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, but she was expected to survive, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said.

The truck driver was also injured, but he is also expected to recover, Beck said.

“It’s a sad day today in the city of Los Angeles and the whole region,” Beck said outside the hospital. “Two Los Angeles police officers responding to a call of unknown trouble assigned to Hollywood Division were involved in a catastrophic traffic collision with a truck trailer, a trash hauler. That accident resulted in a fatality of one of our officers, over a decade-long veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, extremely well- respected.”

Beck said the female officer had graduated from the Police Academy about three months ago.

“She is alert, in considerable pain from injuries that she will survive,” he said. “They don’t require surgery. She has a tremendous heart. She is determined to recover from her injuries.”

Beck declined to discuss the circumstances of the crash, but said the brakes may have failed on the dump truck on the winding hill. The truck wound up on its side.

Officials investigate the scene of a wreck Friday March 7, 2014 where a Los Angeles police officer was killed and another critically injured, when their cruiser was struck by a big rig at a Beverly Hills, Calif., intersection LAPD. (AP Photo/Nick Ut )

Officials investigate the scene of a wreck Friday March 7, 2014 where a Los Angeles police officer was killed and another critically injured, when their cruiser was struck by a big rig at a Beverly Hills, Calif., intersection LAPD. (AP Photo/Nick Ut )

The names of the officers were not immediately released.

The crash occurred about one block over the Beverly Hills border near the Hollywood Hills. Beck noted that it is common for officers to cross borders.

Beck and Mayor Eric Garcetti both visited the injured officer at the hospital. Garcetti ordered city flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of the fallen officer.

“We grieve a hero this morning,” Garcetti said. “An officer gave his life in the service of the people of Los Angeles. Every officer in uniform, Los Angeles Police Department and any police officer in this city and this county, every single time they suit up, it could be their last day, and today it was.

“The folks in Hollywood Division, which as a council member I represented for a long time, I know are grieving and I hope people will keep the family as well as fellow officers and friends in their prayers. The chief and I were able to visit with his partner and she’s strong, she’s going to make it through this.”

 

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