Screen grab of Lee.
Nicholas Choung Lee is the Hollywood division officer who was killed today in the collision of his patrol car with a truck in Beverly Hills. He leaves behind a wife and two young daughters, the LAPD says. Chief Charlie Beck described Lee at a press conference today as a well-respected officer and family man. Beck also tweeted, "A man of greatness and selflessness. Nick was a great cop." From Instagram:
The photos from the scene show a police car that appears to have been crushed on the left side. The roof was removed to extricate Lee and his partner, who was injured but survived.
Her name has not yet been released.
Beck and Mayor Eric Garcetti were at the scene when Lee's body was removed from the car. Officers from the LAPD formed an honor guard to escort the remains. A motorcade led the coroner's van past the Hollywood station and a nearby LAFD station en route to the morgue.