VALLEY VILLAGE, CA (January 12, 2019) – An off-duty Los Angeles County Sheriff’s detective was struck and killed while helping a pedestrian that had fallen. They have been identified as 41-year-old Amber Joy Leist.
Just after 11 a.m., Leist was stopped at the intersection of Riverside Drive and Whitsett Avenue when she noticed an elderly pedestrian fall to the ground. She exited her vehicle to help the pedestrian cross the street, and upon returning to her car was struck by a vehicle traveling east on Riverside Drive.
Leist was transported to a hospital nearby, where she was pronounced dead. The other driver remained on the scene and cooperated with authorities.
The investigation into the fatal collision is still ongoing.
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