Orange County jogger honored posthumously for her compassion toward animals
An Orange County jogger struck by a car and killed as she tried to protect a dog that had wandered into traffic will be honored posthumously for her compassion by the PETA animal-rights advocacy group.
Mara Steves, 48, will receive PETA's Compassionate Action Award for coming to the canine’s aid, the group said.
According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, Steves was jogging in Laguna Hills about 11 a.m. Sunday when she saw the dog dart into traffic and stopped to grab it. She was kneeling with it on the corner of Molton Parkway and Nueva Vista Drive when two cars collided nearby.
At least one of the cars ran onto the sidewalk, striking Steves, authorities said. She was declared dead at the scene.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals will present Steves' family with a framed certificate, along with a note of appreciation from the organization.
The three occupants of the two cars were treated at a nearby hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, authorities said. The dog, which was unharmed and disappeared from the scene by the time emergency crews arrived, did not appear to have had anything to do with the crash, according to authorities.
-- Ann M. Simmons