Runner Struck And Killed After Saving Dog

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Feb. 15, 2011

She was the victim of a freak accident that had nothing to do with her rescue.

Some sad news out of Los Angeles: Last Sunday, 48-year-old Mara Steves was struck and killed by an auto while she was out for a jog. According to witnesses, around 11 a.m. Steves saw a stray dog darting into traffic and decided to try and save it.

Sheriff’s Lt. Ted Boyne reported that she was kneeling with the dog on the corner of Moulton Parkway and Nueva Vista Drive in the town of Laguna Niguel when two cars collided nearby. One of the cars came up on the sidewalk and struck her.

She was declared dead at the scene.

The cause of the collision remains under investigation. Boyne indicated that the dog had nothing to do with it. The driver of one car was treated for a bruised leg, while his passenger suffered a broken collarbone. The 27-year-old driver of the other car walked away with bumps and bruises.

Steves is being remembered by neighbors as a “tireless community volunteer willing to help them with problems.” She was known for her friendly smile.

For More: Los Angeles Times

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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