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Man killed in Sumner crash was snowboarder stranded on Mount Rainier last winter

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on May 13, 2013 at 1:39 pm |
May 13, 2013 1:44 pm

A 22-year-old Bonney Lake man who died early Friday after crashing his car into a tree has been identified as Derek Tyndall.

Tyndall was heading south in the 4600 block of Sumner Tapps Highway in Sumner when he lost control of the vehicle about 2 a.m., crossed the northbound lanes and struck a tree.

“We believe speed and alcohol were factors,” Sumner Police Chief Brad Moericke said.

Tyndall had to be extricated from his vehicle and died at the hospital. He was not wearing a seat belt.

Tyndall and a friend made national headlines in November after going snowboarding on Mount Rainier and becoming stranded for two nights in blizzard-like conditions.

The men dug a snow cave in the Upper Stevens Creek drainage around the 7,000-foot level of the mountain and waited for search teams to rescue them.

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