Los Angeles County Sheriff’s officials confirmed that a detective died in a car crash late Sunday, Jan. 15, on his way home from work near Torrance after suffering a medical emergency.
Steven J. Lim, a detective and 26-year veteran of the LASD who “handled some of the most intense child abuse cases,” was identified as the victim of the single-car crash.
“It is with our deepest sorrow that we announce the sudden loss of family member Steven J. Lim, a Special Victims Bureau detective and 26-year veteran of the LASD,” Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna said in a statement.
“He was involved in a fatal traffic collision while driving home from his work assignment early this morning. He was an exemplary detective who handled the most intense child abuse cases,” he continued.
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The cause of death is unclear but Lim had a medical emergency while driving home from work, the sheriff’s office said.
Fox LA reported:
Authorities said Lim was driving east on West Carson when he suffered an unknown medical emergency and crashed his car.
No other cars or people were involved, officials added.
Lim was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
He is survived by his wife and five children.
No other details were immediately available.
Tributes poured in after news of Lim’s sudden death.
correction: An earlier version of this story misstated the age of the fallen detective. Detective Steven Lim was 52 years old.