A local man was in a severe car accident at approximately 7 a.m. on Saturday, May 17, that has left him in serious condition at St. Vincent's in Billings.
Phillip Dale Smoker Jr., 35, of Frazer was on Firemoon Road, about a mile north of BIA Route 1, when his car went into a skid and entered the right ditch. His 1998 Chevy Cavalier went airborne and through a fence and began to tumble end over end. Somewhere along the path Smoker was ejected from the vehicle.
The exact time of the accident is unknown. A passerby saw the accident and went back home to get help. The 911 call to Roosevelt County came in around 9 a.m. A deputy and the ambulance reached the scene shortly after 9:30 a.m. When they reached FMDH, Smoker was flown to St. Vincent Hospital in Billings.
Montana Highway patrolman Mitchell Willett said that the driver was not wearing a seatbelt. While the incident is still under investigation, he said investigators also believed that speed, drugs and alcohol were contributing factors to the crash.
St. Vincent would not release the status of Smoker on Monday, but Willett said his condition was very serious.