A car transport manager who got a man stuck in the back of his truck for nearly three hours died Wednesday after he failed to make him home.
Timothy Kostenko, 44, was pronounced dead at a hospital in Springfield.
His passenger, 45-year-old Johnathan Johnson, died Wednesday at home, said a family member.
The Springfield Fire Department responded to a call of a vehicle stuck in a ditch at a car transport business, according to a news release.
Kostes passenger was trapped in the car and was able to get himself out.
Kustenko had a blood alcohol content of 0.07, nearly two times the legal limit, according a police news release from the Springfield Police Department.
The driver was not hurt, the release said.
Johnathan Johnson is pictured in this undated photo.
The family of Johnson said he was driving drunk, the Springfield News-Leader reported.
A friend of Johnson’s told ABC affiliate WXIA that the two were dating at the time of the crash.
The Springfield Police and fire departments responded to the scene, and Koste’s family said the company is now offering an apology.
“We just want to apologize for this,” Kostek’s wife, Trina, said in the news release, according the Springfield Tribune.
“It’s very hard for us to talk about.
We feel terrible about this, but this is just what happened, this is what happened.”
The Springfield News Leader reported that Kosteno was a car carrier for car transport companies in Ohio and Missouri, including Blue Water Trucking.
The company said in a statement to ABC News that it was saddened by the news of the driver’s death.
“The incident was unfortunate and tragic.
We extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Mr. Kosta,” the statement said.
The company said Koster was a “family man” who cared for his family, the Tribune reported.
The news outlet reported that the driver was treated and released from the hospital.