A UAW member lost his life on Tuesday (10/22) after he was struck by a car while picketing outside a General Motors plant in Tennessee.

According to the Detroit Free Press, a driver was crossing the bridge around 6 a.m., when it was still dark, and struck a man, who was transported to a hospital and pronounced dead. The driver of the vehicles was reportedly cooperating with investigators.

GM issued a statement saying how deeply saddened they were by the employee's death. "We offer our thoughts and prayers to the employee’s family and all who are impacted by this tragedy. General Motors is committed to employee safety and plant leadership is working closely with authorities to investigate and understand what happened." 

Apparently, the gate where the strikers were supposed to picket was too far off the roadway and the picket line wasn't all that visible. So instead the strikers decide to picket on a nearby bridge. One striker said it was an accident waiting to happen.

This is isn't the time to point fingers and start spouting off what side of the fence you're on when it comes to the strike. A man lost his life while standing up for something he believed in and we should respect that, period.

Source: Detroit Free Press