Calif. detective suffers medical emergency, dies while driving home from work

Steven J. Lim, a 26-year veteran of LASD, leaves behind his wife and five children

Duty Death: Steven J. Lim - [Los Angeles, California]

End of Service: 01/15/2023

By Josh Cain
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles County sheriff's detective crashed and died late Sunday night, Jan. 15, while he was driving home from work near Torrance, the sheriff said.

Detective Steven J. Lim, who worked for the Sheriff's Department for 26 years, died in the crash near Carson Street and Vermont Avenue, just outside of Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Sheriff Robert Luna said.

Lim had been assigned to the sheriff's Special Victims Bureau, which investigates cases of sexual assault and abuse, the sheriff said.

In a statement, Luna said Lim leaves behind his wife and five children, as well as his parents and sister.

The Sheriff's Department said Lim suffered some kind of medical emergency as he was driving near the hospital. The crash was in West Carson, an unincorporated area of Los Angeles County adjacent to Torrance and Carson.

The cause of death was unclear.

The crash was reported around 10 p.m. Sunday. Lim's vehicle was the only one involved in the crash. The Sheriff's Department hasn't said whether Lim was driving an agency vehicle.

Lim was headed eastbound on Carson Street when he crashed, officials said. Paramedics responded and took him to the hospital, where he later died.


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