“If finding out what happened could save another life at least something good would come from our son’s death”
Family, co-workers want truth about Kentucky Ford worker’s death
23 December 2017
Two weeks since the death of Ivan Bridgewater III, a 41-year-old electrician at Ford’s Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville, family members and co-workers are demanding to know the truth about the still unexplained death, which occurred in the early morning hours of December 9. While the deputy coroner of Jefferson County told local media last week that the cause of death was “blunt force trauma,” company officials, the United Auto Workers union and government authorities have not explained the circumstances of Bridgewater’s death.
“The one thing we want to know is how he died,” Ivan’s stepmother, Diana Bridgewater, wrote in an email to the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter. “We know it was blunt force trauma, but from what? Until we know that, there will be no closure for us. If finding out what happened to our son could save another life and another family of what we have endured, at least something good would come from our son’s death. Thank you and please continue discussing this accident until we have the answers we need.”
The Louisville Courier-Journal and local news outlets have dropped the story. While reporting that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating the fatal accident, the trade journal Automotive News reported December 15 that the Kentucky medical examiner had not yet signed off on the coroner’s findings on the cause of death.
The Ford worker’s father, Ivan Bridgewater II, posted on his Facebook page that he has still not received the…