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Neighbors remember woman fatally struck by car after pulling dog off street


Friends and family built a memorial Sunday night at the spot where a woman was struck and killed in Laguna Niguel after she grabbed a dog that had wandered into traffic.

Mara Steves, 48, was a former PTA president at a local elementary school and a well-known face around the neighborhood.

She was jogging about 11 a.m. Sunday when she saw the dog darting into traffic and stopped to grab it, sheriff's Lt. Ted Boyne said. She was kneeling with it on the corner of Moulton Parkway and Nueva Vista Drive when two cars collided nearby. At least one of the cars ran onto the sidewalk, striking Steves, Boyne said. She was declared dead at the scene.

All three occupants of the two cars were treated at a nearby hospital, though none for life-threatening injuries. Boyne said the driver of one car, a 59-year-old man, was treated for a bruised leg, and his passenger, a 56-year-old woman, suffered a broken collarbone. A 27-year-old man in the other car had bumps and bruises.

The cause of the collision remains under investigation. Boyne said it appears that the dog had nothing to do with it. It was gone when emergency crews arrived.

The identities of those involved were not immediately released.

Neighbors described Steves to KTLA-TV Channel 5 as a tireless community volunteer willing to help them with problems and known for her friendly smile.


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Comments () | Archives (5)

So, one woman is killed and three other people are hospitalized, along with both vehicles they were traveling in are wrecked to save... one dog who wandered into the street?? Does it seem to anyone else that this animal wasn't worth it...??

Mara was such a wonderful person and she died trying to do something good. This is the same lady who always handed out glow lights to kids on Halloween for safety. Such a caring person!

No one will ever know why this had to happen, but I'd like to think she has made an impact on all of us to drive cautiously in our neighborhood, and will therefore save other lives.

My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends, and also with the other drivers and witnesses as I'm sure it is unbearable to have this burden on their shoulders. She will be remembered for her positive impact on our community.

Did we just read the same article?

Boyne said it appears that the dog had nothing to do with it. It was gone when emergency crews arrived.

What a horrible accident, my sympathies do go out to the friends and family of the deceased woman, she saved a dog's life only to lose her own because of a negligent driver. She wasn't even on the road when she was hit but on a sidewalk! We can't blame the dog for her death and the only one to blame is the driver who allegedly ran the red light thus causing the collision that killed her.


I have rescued or tried to rescue animals from traffic, most of the time with other people. Yea, it's risky. Most of the time oncomming traffic is totally unaware of the situation. My heart goes out to the family of Mara, she's my kind of people, great woman.


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