WILLISTON, N.D. – The victim of a fatal hit-and-run crash here worked in North Dakota as a crane operator to support his wife and three young girls in Mississippi.
Anthony Scoggins, 31, identified this week as the pedestrian who died late Thursday after being struck by a pickup, had been at home near Richton, Miss., days earlier and attended church with his family before returning to Williston to work.
Ladd Pulliam, director of Jones and Son Funeral Home in Richton also attends Mutual Rights Congregational Methodist Church and sat behind Scoggins the Sunday before he died.
“Nice guy, super nice guy. Just a young guy trying to make a living for his family,” Pulliam said. “Then he gets killed like this. … Hopefully somebody will have to answer for it.”
Police are searching for a pickup that left the scene of J Dub’s Bar and Grill in Williston after 10:55 p.m. Thursday after running over Scoggins.
Surveillance video shows that two men left the bar minutes before the crash and entered the passenger side of a pickup, Williston police said. The surveillance shows that Scoggins, who did not exit with the men, appeared to have a conversation with one of the men before going toward the pickup, said Detective David Peterson.
Scoggins hung onto the side of the pickup, standing on the running board, before he fell off and was run over, Peterson said. Scoggins was pronounced dead at the scene,
Community members in the Richton area, a rural part of southern Mississippi where Scoggins lived his entire life, were shocked to learn of his death, Pulliam said.
Scoggins is survived by his wife, Tracy, and three daughters, Leah, Edan and Farah, Pulliam said.
Scoggins’ Facebook page says he worked for Black Gold Logistics, which provides crane services, rig moves and other oilfield transportation in the Bakken. An employee there said they were not commenting until police conclude the investigation.
Funeral services are expected to be this weekend in Mississippi.
Police are asking for the public’s help to locate the pickup and identify the two men who left J Dub’s. Anyone with information is asked to call (701) 577-1212 or (701) 572-TIPS.