Laguna Niguel, CA – Back in February, Mara Steves , 48, was run down by a man that blasted through a red light. At the time that she was hit, she had been helping to locate the owner of a lost dog.
The dog, a Labrador Retriever named Max, was also struck by the vehicle – the vehicle ran over the lost dog – leaving tire marks on his body.
Thankfully, he was taken to a veterinarian for treatment and survived.
The same can not be said for the woman that was trying to make sure that he would be okay.
According to the courts, Adam Harrison Hall, the driver of the vehicle that caused Steve’s death, is a murderer.
On Tuesday, Hall was charged with murdering a pedestrian, and injuring two occupants of another car that was involved.
Why the harsh sentencing? Hall was under the influence of drugs at the time, and this wasn’t his first instance of driving under the influence.
At the time of the February tragedy, Hall was on probation for two prior DUI convictions.
In this horrible situation, prosecutors say that Hall was under the influence of a mind-numbing cocktail of drugs, including: Meth, morphine, muscle-relaxers, insomnia medication, pain killers and anti-anxiety pills – possibly others as well.
How he was even functioning enough to walk is amazing.
Hall is now facing serious time behind bars – he blatantly violated his probation and a woman was run down and killed.
He is facing a maximum sentence of 21 years to life in state prison if convicted.
Obviously a strong sentence – but is anything ever enough for the family and friends of a woman that had her life stolen by someone with careless disregard?
Steves was out trying to help a lost dog – trying to make a positive difference. In the process, her life was taken.
Rest in Peace Mara Steves.
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