David Dobrik should never have been behind controls of massive excavator used in social media stunt gone wrong, says YouTuber who is now suing influencer, claiming he suffered serious injuries as a result of the actions of David.
In the lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, former Vlog Squad member Jeff Wittek says he traveled to Utah Lake in Provo, Utah in the summer of 2020 with David and a group of friends to shoot a video as part of Dobrik’s “social media comeback.”
Wittek says the plan for one video was to use an excavator, operated by Dobrik, and stick it in the water, swinging people with a rope while straddling various objects, including wakeboards.
However, Wittek claims that Dobrik then suggested people get swung by the machine – which he operated – holding only the rope and no objects.
Wittek says that when it was his turn – David started swinging it too quickly – the docs claim Dobrik noticed he was moving the shovel too fast and slowed down abruptly, slamming Wittek into the side of the shovel… and causing him serious injuries.
Although he won’t list the details of his injuries in the lawsuit… Wittek has previously discussed what happened that day – saying he nearly died – breaking his foot, hip, tearing a ligament in his leg and smashing his skull into 9 places. He also says he almost lost his eye.
Wittek says that as a result of the accident, he suffered lost wages, lost earning capacity and racked up hospital bills. He is suing for general negligence and willful misdemeanor. He is claiming more than $10 million in damages.
Contacted a David rep…so far no response.