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Repeat DUI Driver Charged in Laguna Niguel Pedestrian Accident Death


Posted on May 24, 2011

A Placentia man has been charged for the California wrongful death of a Laguna Niguel woman and for the injury of two others.
 
The Orange County pedestrian accident occurred on February 13, 2011.  Pedestrian Mara Lynnes Steves, 48 of Laguna Niguel Hall was attempting to locate the owner of a stray dog when she became an Orange County car crash victim.
 
Adam Harrison Hall, 27, of Placentia drove through a red light on Moulton Parkway and Nueva Vista Drive in a Ford sport utility vehicle.  He crashed into a Toyota SUV that had the green light and was passing through the intersection. Hall then lost control of his SUV and drove over a curb and onto the sidewalk where he struck Ms. Steves.
 
Ms. Steves was pronounced dead at the scene. The dog she was helping was seriously injured and was taken to a veterinarian.
 
The driver of the Toyota suffered a bruised leg and his passenger suffered a broken collarbone. Hall suffered bumps and bruises.
 
Blood tests show that Hall was under the influence of several drugs at the time of the Orange County crash, including methamphetamine, morphine, pain killers, anti-anxiety pills, muscle-relaxers, insomnia medication and more.
 
On Tuesday, May 24, Hall was charged with the murder of Ms. Steves and the injury of the two occupants of the Toyota.  He was also charged with driving under the influence causing bodily injury with sentencing enhancements for causing injury to more than one person.
 
Hall was on probation for two prior DUI convictions,
 
The Orange County pedestrian attorneys at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Ms. Steves.  Ms. Steves was a wife and mother and an active member of her community.

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