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Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Detective Amber Joy Leist, 41, was struck and killed by a vehicle January 12th at the intersection of Riverside Drive and Whitsett Avenue in Los Angeles.
She was off duty when she observed an elderly woman fall in the roadway while attempting to cross at the intersection. Detective Leist immediately stopped her vehicle and assisted the woman off of the roadway in order to prevent the citizen from being struck. As Detective Leist returned to her car she was struck by an oncoming vehicle traveling at high speeds.
Detective Leist had served with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for 12 years. She is survived by her two sons, 17 and 20 yrs. old. Her older son is currently on active duty with the U.S. Navy.