Off-duty L.A. County Sheriff's detective fatally struck by vehicle in Valley Village
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Det. Amber Joy Leist

By Brian Day & Carlos Saucedo, KTLA:

LOS ANGELES -- (KTLA) -- An off-duty Los Angeles County Sheriff's detective died after being struck by a vehicle in Valley Village on Sunday, authorities said.

Detective Amber Joy Leist, a 41-year-old 12-year veteran of the department assigned to the West Hollywood Station, died following the collision, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said.

The collision took place about 11:05 a.m. at Riverside Drive and Whitsett Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

She was driving through the area when she noticed two pedestrians crossing the street in a crosswalk, the sheriff said. One of the pedestrians, a senior citizen, fell to the ground.

Leist got out of her car to help the pedestrian get safely to the sidewalk.

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