The old adage ‘work hard, play harder’ took a deadly turn when a Bakken oil field worker standing on “large abandoned deck” being pulled by a pickup truck was flung into the air after hitting a curb.
At around 4:30 p.m. Sunday, William Flint, 36, was reportedly driving under the influence of alcohol with the deck and David Penski, 30, in tow when he swerved and hit a curb at an intersection in Culbertson, Montana. As reported by KTVQ News, the impact caused Penski, who was riding atop the deck taken from a mobile home, to be thrown into the air and suffer a severe head injury.
According to the Billings Gazette, after hitting the curb, Flint continued driving down the street and then stopped to detach the deck from the truck before fleeing the scene. He returned about an hour later. Penski was flown to Billings for medical care where he died around midnight. KTVQ reports that Flint is now facing felony DUI and criminal endangerment charges and will face additional charges upon the completion of the investigation.