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Jogger Fatally Struck While Trying To Save Stray Dog

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LAGUNA NIGUEL (CBS) — A 48-year-old jogger was fatally struck Sunday as she tried to save a stray dog from the roadway.

The accident, which took place at Moulton Parkway and Crown Valley Parkway, was reported to authorities at 11:10 a.m., Orange County Sheriff’s Lt. Ted Boyne said.

According to authorities, Mara Steves was jogging with her son when she came upon a stray dog. As she knelt down to take control of the dog, two vehicles collided while trying to avoid hitting the animal. The impact of the collision caused one of the vehicles to jump the curb, striking the woman.

The 48-year-old woman died at the scene and her son was not injured.

Paramedics rushed three people from the two vehicles to Mission Hospital in Laguna Beach. They appeared to be doing well.

The dog was reportedly unharmed and ran away.

(©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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