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Ethan James Anderson

Ethan James Anderson

The 28-year-old accused of hitting and killing a highway construction worker in October in Billings now faces four additional felonies.

Prosecutors filed four new counts of criminal endangerment against Ethan James Anderson on Wednesday for the Oct. 24 death of 52-year-old Jeffrey Dyekman, who became pinned between Anderson’s truck and another truck, charges state.

Anderson is accused of huffing Difluoroethane, commonly found in Dust-Off, and driving a Big Sky Steel flatbed into a construction zone on an I-90 off-ramp at South Billings Boulevard.

The amended charges refer to three additional construction workers who were put in danger by Anderson “crashing into a marked construction zone, sideswiping multiple vehicles in the construction zone, continuing toward multiple construction workers,” the charges state.

The fourth new count names no individual construction worker but says Anderson put “all of those construction workers at substantial risk of death or serious bodily injury.”

Anderson told investigators he had been on his way back from Laurel at the time of the crash and believed he passed out behind the wheel, charges state.

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Anderson now faces one count of vehicular homicide while under the influence and six counts of criminal endangerment. The homicide charge is punishable by up to 30 years in prison, while the criminal endangerment charges are each punishable by up to 10 years in prison. 

Anderson remains in the Yellowstone County Detention Facility on bond of $50,000.

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Justice Reporter

Justice reporter for the Billings Gazette.