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Sheriff's Detective Struck By Vehicle And Killed After Helping Pedestrian

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Amber Leist (Courtesy of the L.A. County Sheriff's Department)
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Los Angeles County Sheriff Detective Amber Leist, 41, was struck by a vehicle and killed Sunday in L.A.

She was a 12-year veteran of the department. According to Sheriff Alex Villanueva, Leist was off-duty when she stopped shortly after 11 a.m. to help a pedestrian she had observed struggling to cross a street at Riverside Drive and Whitsett Avenue.

Leist, who had been in her car at a red light when she went to help, was fatally injured after helping that person to safety and then trying to return to her car. After she was hit, Leist was taken to a hospital where she later died from her injuries.

LAPD officials said Sunday that the driver who hit Leist stopped, tried to assist her and stayed to answer questions.

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Leist was most recently assigned to the Hollywood station, where she worked patrol and as a school resource office before her promotion to detective. Villanueva said she is survived by her parents and two sons, a 17-year-old and a 20-year-old serving in the Navy.

Here's what Villanueva and other authorities said about her actions in a Sunday news briefing: