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Family of man killed in work zone wants tougher rules on roadways

Steve Cook's family said the 59-year-old husband, father and grandfather was dedicated to making Ohio's roadways better. (Courtesy: Linda Grace-Cook)

BARNESVILLE, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- Steve Cook's family said the 59-year-old husband, father and grandfather was dedicated to making Ohio's roadways better.

All that ended around 1:30am Saturday morning when police said Cook was fatally struck by a suspected drunk driver as he worked on a road project on Interstate 70 near Hilliard-Rome Road.

Medics rushed the Belmont County man to Grant Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

"I didn't get to say goodbye. We didn't have a clue it was that bad," said Linda Grace-Cook, Steve's wife.

Investigators said Edward Torres drove through a construction barrel barricade while driving east on Interstate 70. They said Torres continued along the closed portion of the road when he struck Cook. Police said Torres had alcohol in his system.

"I wanted my dad home, and because of one man's lack of judgement I won't get that again," said Brianna Willis, Cook's daughter.

As the investigation continues, the family said they'll fight for justice for Steve and others who work on construction crews.

"I'll fight with my family to make sure this doesn't happen to innocent people," said Grace -Cook.

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