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News Release

Monday, March 2, 2015

Media Relations

DA Filed Charges on Driver that Killed Officer Nicholas Lee NR15063nv

Los Angeles: After a nearly yearlong investigation of the accident that took the life of LAPD Officer Nicholas Lee, California Highway Patrol investigators have arrested the driver, identified as Roberto Maldonado for vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence.

Officer Lee was killed on March 7, 2014 around 8 a.m., during a traffic collision in the City of Beverly Hills. Officer Lee and his partner were responding to an "unknown trouble" radio call in the City of Los Angeles when a large truck lost control and collided with their patrol car at Robert Lane and Loma Vista Drive in the City of Beverly Hills.

Los Angeles Fire Department personnel responded and pronounced Officer Lee dead at scene. Officer Lee's partner was transported to a local hospital and was later released.

Officer Lee was a 16 year veteran of the Department. His past assignments included Van Nuys Area, Wilshire Area and Hollywood Area.

Maldonado was arrested on February 27, 2015 and booked for 192(c) 1 PC,-Vehicular Manslaughter with Gross Negligence. Maldonado is being held in lieu of $50, 000 bail.

"This was a terrible tragedy and the Los Angeles Police Department thanks the CHP for all their efforts throughout this investigation. We hope this arrest can bring some small piece of closure to the family. Officer Nick Lee was a great cop and a great man. The LAPD is forever grateful for the 16 years he spent protecting our great city. We will never forget him or his sacrifice." Chief of Police Charlie Beck

Any additional questions can be directed to the California Highway Patrol, Southern Division Public Information Unit at (818) 240-8200.