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OC man arrested in fatal Laguna Niguel crash

A jogger trying to help a stray dog in Laguna Niguel was killed after being hit by two vehicles on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011.

May 24, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A Placentia man was arrested and charged with murdering a pedestrian in a drug-induced February vehicle crash, the Orange County District Attorney's Office announced Tuesday.

Mara Steves, 48, was killed on Feb. 13 when Hall allegedly lost control of his SUV after crashing into another vehicle in a Laguna Niguel intersection. Steves was on a sidewalk trying to find the owner of a stray dog.

Adam Hall, 27, is accused of being under the influence of pharmacological drugs while allegedly driving northbound on Moulton Parkway in Laguna Niguel at about 11:10 a.m. on Feb. 13.

Hall is accused of driving through a red light into the intersection of Moulton Pkwy. and Nueva Vista Dr., crashing into another SUV. That vehicle's two occupants were injured in the collision. Out of control of the vehilce, Hall allegedly drove up onto the sidewalk and fatally struck Steves. The dog with Steves was injured in the collision.

Hall was arrested Tuesday by the Orange County Sheriff's Dept. and was held on $1 million bail. He was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday morning.

Hall has two prior convictions for driving under the influence. He was charged Tuesday with one felony count of murdering a pedestrian, one felony count of driving under the influence causing bodily injury, with sentencing enhancements and allegations for causing bodily injury and causing great bodily injury or death to more than one victim. If convicted, Hall faces 21 years to life in state prison.

Hall is accused of being on probation for the two previous DUI convictions.

According to the OCDA's office, Hall is accused of being under the influence at the time of the crash of drugs including methamphetamine, Diazepam, Nordiazepam, Alprazolam, Hydroxyalprazolam, Oxazepam, Temazepam, amphetamine, Morphine, and 11-nor-9-carboxy-delta-9-tetrahyrocannabinol (THCA).