Union Member Hit and Killed at Hawker Beechcraft Plant

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Wichita police say a union member has been struck and killed by a pickup truck while walking from his car to a strike rally outside the Hawker Beechcraft plant.

Sgt. Charles Newman said the 49-year-old man was struck shortly before 5 a.m. Monday after he parked his car across from the plant, where machinists went out on strike two weeks ago. Newman said the man died at a hospital around 6:30 a.m.

His name was not released.

The worker was headed to join fellow union members for an early-morning rally as the strike enters its third week. The rally was canceled in the wake of the accident.

Machinists on Aug. 2 rejected the company's proposed new contract overwhelmingly with 90 percent voting against the offer and 89 percent voting to strike.

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