By Elaine Furst For Dog Files

On Sunday night Mara Steves was mourned by friends and family who remembered her friendly smile and her willingness as a community volunteer to help people in need. Steves was struck and killed by a car in her Laguna Niguel, California neighborhood after she saved a dog that had wandered into traffic.

Steves was jogging about 11 a.m. Sunday when she saw the dog darting into traffic and stopped to grab it. After safely grabbing the dog, she knelt with it on the sidewalk when two cars suddenly collided nearby. At least one of the cars ran onto the sidewalk, striking Steves. She was declared dead at the scene.

The occupants of the two cars were treated at a nearby hospital, none of whom had life threatening injuries.

As it appears the dog had nothing to do with accident, the cause of the collision remains under investigation.

By the time emergency crews arrived, the dog had run away.