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Funeral arrangements set to be announced for L.A. detective struck and killed helping elderly woman cross the street

Posted at 1:48 PM, Jan 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-15 20:19:27-05

LOS ANGELES COUNTY, Calif. — Detective Amber Leist, of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, was out helping another when she was fatally struck and killed by a car on Sunday. She had just helped an elderly woman cross the street and was heading back to her car.

A police procession carried Leist's body from the coroner’s office in Boyle Heights to a funeral home in Covina. Funeral processions are set to be announced Wednesday by the L.A. County Sheriff's Office.

Leist was off-duty when she saw the elderly woman stumble. Leist had stopped her own car and gone to help the woman. As Leist returned to her own car, she was struck by a passing vehicle.

The driver of the other vehicle stopped and assisted officers at the scene. Leist was taken to a hospital where she later died of her injuries.

Leist was a 12-year veteran of the department and leaves behind two sons, ages 17 and 20. The older of the two is serving in the Navy.