A construction worker struck last week by a drunken driver who barreled down a closed highway entrance ramp in Riverside died Sunday, multiple sources said.
Barry Steele, 51, of Beaumont, was fatally injured Wednesday night on the entrance ramp from Van Buren Boulevard to westbound Highway 91. Crews were widening the Van Buren overpass of the freeway and expanding entrance and exit ramps in the area.
According to witnesses and the CHP, Brandi Holmes, 21, used a closed turn lane to enter the ramp — cordoned off with signs and barriers but accessible as workers brought equipment in and out. Workers in trucks tried to alert her, but she kept going down the ramp, hitting a loader, a concrete barrier and eventually Steele, a worker with Skanska U.S.A. Civil.
Steele, a popular soccer coach in the San Gorgonio Pass area and the father of Cal State San Bernardino soccer standouts Barry, Brandon, Brent and Brock Steele, was taken to an area hospital in critical condition. His condition never improved……MORE