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UAW Local 7 members ride in memory of 7-year-old killed on I-94

Girl killed while crossing I-94 after surviving drunken driving crash

ROMULUS, Mich. – The United Automobile Workers on Thursday honored the memory of DeSandra Thomas, the 7-year-old who was killed while trying to get help along I-94.

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The men and women of UAW Local 7 work side by side with Sandria Burts at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant. An emotional shockwave went through the plant when workers learned it was Burts' 7-year-old daughter who was killed Sunday trying to get help for her father.

"That was a miracle child to her," said Darrell Murray.

Thursday night, UAW Local 7 came together to help the hurting mother.

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"We stepped up. That's what you have to do," Bill Feltner said. "I live right off I-94 and heard the story. It literally made me and my wife sick to our stomach."

The group organized a motorcycle ride, collecting funds from co-workers and anyone willing to contribute. Together they rode from the UAW Local 7 headquarters to the scene of the collision, and then to the mother's home to present her with donations.

"It would be a huge sign of support from the UAW family as fellow brothers and sisters," said Eddie Gordish.