Procession Escorts Fallen L.A. County Sheriff’s Detective Amber Leist's Casket From Boyle Heights to Covina

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A procession late Wednesday morning escorted the body of Los Angeles County sheriff’s Detective Amber Leist from the coroner’s office in Boyle Heights to a funeral home in Covina.

The procession began at 11:00 a.m. at the Los Angeles county coroner, where dozens of uniformed officers from multiple agencies lined up around Leist’s casket which was covered with the American flag, Sky5 video showed.

The procession went through the 10 Freeway toward Malinow and Silverman Mortuary in Covina.

Officers saluted Leist as her body was carried into the funeral home.

Funeral arrangements will be announced, the sheriff’s department tweeted Wednesday.

Leist, a 12-year veteran with the Sheriff’s Department, was fatally struck by a vehicle while off-duty Sunday after helping two pedestrians cross a street in Valley Village.

The 41-year-old detective was driving through the area when she noticed two pedestrians crossing the street at a crosswalk, sheriff’s officials said. One of the pedestrians, an older woman, had fallen to the ground.

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

“While she was returning to her vehicle, she was struck by a vehicle traveling eastbound on Riverside Drive when the light had turned green,” Sheriff Alex Villanueva said on the day of the accident.

Leist was badly injured and taken to a hospital, where she later died.

“It’s unfortunate. God had a better plan for her and she was called home,” Villanueva said.

The driver remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators, officials said. The collision was being treated as an accident, and the investigation is ongoing.

Leist is survived by her two sons, ages 17 and 20.

The West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station and the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs have joined together to raise money to help Leist’s family. More information can be found here.

Correction: A previous version of this story contained erroneous information about those who survive Leist. The post has been updated.

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