An off-duty sheriff's detective who was a 12-year veteran of the department was struck and killed by a vehicle Sunday after she helped an elderly woman cross the street in Los Angeles.
Det. Amber Joy Leist, 41, was driving around 11 a.m. PST when she noticed a person fall while crossing the street. She stopped the car near the intersection of Riverside Drive and Whitsett Avenue. Leist got out of her car to help the person and was hit by another car while heading back. Leist died from her injuries after being transported to hospital. "She was an outstanding detective who would lead by example," Sheriff Alex Villanueva said during a press conference. Leist worked as a school resource officer and a patrol officer before reaching the rank of detective.
Her body was transported to the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office. Leistbwas mourned by her colleagues. She was the mother of two sons, ages 17 and 20. Dozens of law enforcement vehicles formed a procession, and a line of deputies saluted Leist as her flag-draped coffin was taken inside the morgue. The crash remains under investigation. The incident is considered to be an accident.