Sergeant John Lee Steel

Sergeant John Lee Steel

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Friday, April 23, 1993

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John Lee Steel

Sergeant John Steel was killed when his motorcycle was struck by a driver who had fallen asleep at the wheel on Irvine Boulevard east of Sand Canyon Road, in Irvine.

The suspect was an illegal alien and was deported to Mexico. The man returned to the United States shortly after being deported and was subsequently sent to jail for eight months.

Sergeant Steel had served with the California Highway Patrol for 21 years. He was survived by his wife and two sons.


  • Age 47
  • Tour 21 years
  • Badge 8018

Incident Details

  • Cause Motorcycle crash

illegal alien

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John was in my class CTC III 72 and was a really good guy to know.

State Traffic Officer Vic Stevens #7998

April 24, 2020

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