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.