“Mara died as she was helping another individual in trouble,” said PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk in a statement issued by PETA. “The death of such a caring soul is a loss not only to family and friends but also to the community. We hope that the example of love and courage that she set in coming to the aid of even the smallest and most vulnerable will inspire others to help animals in distress.”
down the street on Sunday afternoon when she noticed a dog weaving
through oncoming traffic near the intersection of Molton Parkway and
Nueva Vista Road in Laguna Niguel.
Steves, 48, had assisted the dog onto the sidewalk, a motorist ran a red
light, collided with another vehicle, and ran up onto the sidewalk, directly into Steves, sending her body into a nearby wall. By Sunday night, the
wall was home to a candlelight vigil dedicated to Steves, who died from
her injuries.Three motorists were in the hospital yesterday evening being treated for their injuries. The worst was sustained by a 56-year-old woman, who was the passenger in a vehicle, with a broken collarbone. The driver of the vehicle that struck Steves has yet to be released.