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Alcohol Ruled Out in Crash That Claimed Life of Mara Steves

Sheriff's officials are still awaiting results of additional tests.

Alcohol has been ruled out as a factor in the fatal collision Sunday on Moulton Parkway that claimed the life of Laguna Niguel resident Mara Steves, according to Orange County Sheriff's Department Lt. Steve Doan.

Officials are still awaiting the results of additional tests on blood samples taken from one of the drivers in the collision to determine whether any other drugs played a part in the crash. A search warrant has been executed on Mission Hospital in order to obtain those results.

Mara Steves, 48,  was kneeling on the sidewalk after she had corralled a dog that had been in traffic lanes. A 27-year-old driver in a Ford Explorer ran a red light, according to sheriff's officials, and hit a Toyota 4Runner driven by a 59-year-old man. Steves was struck and killed.

Patch will provide more information on this case as it becomes available.

RJ February 16, 2011 at 11:50 PM
Yes, the Silver SUV was driven by the 27 year old man that was plowed into. Has anyone gotten updates on him?
Sally February 17, 2011 at 12:55 AM
He has broken leg and nose.
RJ February 17, 2011 at 01:35 AM
Thank you for the update. I hope he is feeling better soon.
Tyler February 17, 2011 at 05:09 PM
I am so glad to hear that alcohol was not a factor, however SOMETHING had to be....other drugs, texting, distractions. As I sat here and read this article, I envisioned the domino effect......so sad......wrong place, wrong time. Trying to save the life of a dog, she lost hers in the sweep of the second hand. I am so sorry for everyone who knew her and loved her. My heart goes out to all of you.
Donna Castaneda February 17, 2011 at 08:38 PM
I drive this road almost every day and I was moved to tears over this. I am the Mother of 3 and wife, so as I read this I ask God "Why, Lord" and my faith is shaken. Please, Lord, comfort her husband, children and family. Amen.

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