Life and style Parade victim, Milwaukee Dancing Granny, ‘died doing what she loved,’ obituary says • In memory of Robyn Steele: what kind of life did she lead? • Some said ‘deceased youth’ choked, threw up, vomited, killed 1 New Year’s Eve night, 5-6 December 1990, Milwaukee
Robyn Steele, 25
Mother, Arlene Steele, 43
Brother, Evan Steele, 19
Waukesha alderwoman, Patricia “Kathy” Barrett,
Former Milwaukee police officer
Robyn Steele was just making her way through life with her partner, Matthew Hummel, 25, when their car was struck from behind by a drunk driver who fled. Robyn died of her injuries at the scene and Hummel was taken to hospital. An autopsy later showed the victims were victims of a car crash caused by a drunk driver.
Police managed to track down the driver and arrested him, but charges against the man were dropped. He was cited for driving while intoxicated on 11 November and fined $249.00.
Before the crash, the women were driving to drive Hummel’s mother to the maternity ward at Wheaton Franciscan Hospital. Waukesha area residents lined the streets and shook hands with the Schullers as they drove away from the hospital.
Friends and family remember Robyn as a “princess”. With her long, curly locks, sandy tans and teacup headgear, she kept the girls at risk-oriented developmental centres delighted at her bright vision and attention to detail. They often went to her house because she was so meticulous with her dolls.
Photographs of Robyn show her with blue hair and wearing sparkly gold dresses and bows. She worked with special needs and cooperative and playgroups. Robyn had volunteered at the Head Start Daycare in Waukesha.
Hummel’s mother, Arlene, said she was due to be married in six months.