What Would You Do?

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Bre The Newbie 's Comment
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I'm still not back on the road driving, probably wont be for another few months but I come here to read posts just to stay updated and informed about whats going on in the trucking community. Anyway i ran across a news article and It kind of upset me:

https://www.ksdk.com/article/news/crime/man-struck-killed-fedex-semi-truck-st-louis/63-a6317334-cc29-47ed-b292-a765e4d8f32b

My issue is why ruin the life of that FedEx driver that has nothing to do with why the protest are happening? That driver has to live with that experience for the rest of their life. I hope FedEx does not reprimand or take any action against that driver because I see no wrong doing in what happened. Its tragic but everyone is responsible for their own actions.

I would appreciate all of your opinions on this subject and what would you do if you had encountered that same situation? I only ask because I'm still a rookie driver as i have not completed my first year before I came off the road and I have learned a lot just by reading posts on this forum that will benefit me when i go back driving.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Personally I would try to avoid putting myself in that situation by avoiding any area where there could be a problem but it seems like he got thrown off route.

I've been sitting here thinking about what I would do, I would probably do the same thing reason being id feel safer in the truck then on foot.

But then again a bullet it a lot faster than the truck so you'd probably be better off letting them take what they want no load is worth getting shot over.

Sorry I really don't have a good answer and hope I never need to make that decision.

Rob T.'s Comment
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It's hard to say honestly. If I feared for my life I'd do whatever was needed to protect it. The cargo would be the least of my worries.

We have several trucks that go to the minneapolis area daily. We were instructed when it all started under no circumstances take 35W or I-94. We thankfully do not have stores in Minneapolis or St Paul, only the suburbs. All those trucks have been bumped back to arrive around 8am now rather than 3am as most of the destruction is occurring overnight. I got listening to a police scanner on my phone overnight and holy crap talk about destruction. Post offices, police precincts and atleast 50 other buildings set on fire. Legally, the driver shouldn't be charged for any wrong doing but I'm sure he'll get hit with a wrongful death lawsuit.

I hope things get worked out and you can get back on the road smile.gif

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Rubber Duck's Comment
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I Think it was probably illegal for the protestor to be on that road protesting. So I think this driver could sue the estate of this victim for lost wages/pain and suffering. That’s my opinion.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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No loss there. I wouldn't lose a second of sleep over it. Protesting at 0200 in that fashion and trying to rob a semi? No loss.

I'm Russian. There's a lot of things we get wrong in Russian compared to USA. But I think this is something Russia gets right over USA. In Russia cars don't stop for you because you want to be a retard and stand in the middle of the road. They keep going, they'll run you over and its not criminal to do that.

Its sad what happened but I think those people need to learn how to properly protest. I wouldn't hesitate to run over a crowd if I was in his position.

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Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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First off, those were rioters not protesters. Second, a few years ago in Charlotte, there was one of these "protests" and they stopped traffic on 85 and looted trucks while they were stopped. Now in NC, you can slowly roll through these mobs.

If that person had not been on the back of the trailer in the first place, he would still be alive. When someone is killed due to their own stupidity why is it anyone else's fault?

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Rubber Duck's Comment
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And also my thoughts and prayers are with the family of this peaceful protestor who was standing on the dolly between the trailers.May you find what you was looking for in heaven.

Bre The Newbie 's Comment
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Personally I would try to avoid putting myself in that situation by avoiding any area where there could be a problem but it seems like he got thrown off route.

I've been sitting here thinking about what I would do, I would probably do the same thing reason being id feel safer in the truck then on foot.

But then again a bullet it a lot faster than the truck so you'd probably be better off letting them take what they want no load is worth getting shot over.

Sorry I really don't have a good answer and hope I never need to make that decision.

I too would feel safer inside the truck. From what i read from one site (don't know if its factual or not) that's what the driver was doing but then the people approached both sides of the drivers windows waving guns and I honestly believe that driver feared for their life and wanted to get out of there as fast as he or she could.

Mikey B.'s Comment
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I'm in South Carolina, this evening, near dark I bypassed my fuel stop near Greenville because the radio was talking about the protests in Greenville. I stopped for a 10 in Gaffney rather than traveling through Charlotte after the sun went down. I knew the protests in both cities would turn into riots after the sun went down and sure enough I'm watching a Charlotte tv station that's now covering the protest turned riot. I wouldnt be anywhere near a big city after dark for a few weeks or after the cops sentence is given as there will be riots again regardless of how much time he gets.

Anne A. (G13MomCat)'s Comment
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I'm in South Carolina, this evening, near dark I bypassed my fuel stop near Greenville because the radio was talking about the protests in Greenville. I stopped for a 10 in Gaffney rather than traveling through Charlotte after the sun went down. I knew the protests in both cities would turn into riots after the sun went down and sure enough I'm watching a Charlotte tv station that's now covering the protest turned riot. I wouldnt be anywhere near a big city after dark for a few weeks or after the cops sentence is given as there will be riots again regardless of how much time he gets.

It's everywhere.....ridiculous. Cleveland Fox 8

I hope it clears up soon; my husband drives up thata way. . . SMDH.wtf-2.gifconfused.gif

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