Rollover results in fatality
About 3 p.m. on Monday, the driver of a pickup truck that flipped over onto its top died at the scene of the accident and the passenger was air lifted by medivac with serious injuries.
The vehicle, a black 2000 Ford 350, had been traveling south toward Nederland, around the 36-mile marker of the Peak to Peak Highway when its right tire left the pavement. The truck skidded in the dirt shoulder and then climbed the rock embankment until its undercarriage collided with a large rock and then flipped over, landing on its roof on the pavement.
Boulder County Sheriff’s deputies closed the highway while the deceased driver and injured passenger were extricated from the truck and Colorado State Patrol Technical Accident Investigation officers worked the scene. Sergeant M. W. Mason said it appeared that a high rate of speed was involved in the crash. The State Patrol Public Information Officer said that alcohol could have been a contributing factor.
The driver has been identified as 55-year old TK Sundvor of Palmer Lake and the passenger was 44-year-old Steven Manning of Longmont. Manning was air lifted to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Lakewood. On Wednesday morning, he said he was banged up and bruised and had a headache, but otherwise very lucky to be alive.
“But I am not lucky that I lost my best buddy,” says Manning. “We have known each other for 10 years and were going to go on a road trip the next day. We decided to go to town and get some steaks for our last meal at the campsite. We were going to eat the steaks and discuss where we were going to go, not really having a destination, just trying to figure which direction which we take. So we headed to town. I admit we were going too fast.”
Peak to Peak travelers were diverted to a county road that parallels the highway while the investigation took place. The highway was reopened around 8 p.m.
Sundvor had been camping in the Gordon Gulch Campground for the previous two weeks and had been one of the witnesses of the stabbing that occurred on Wednesday, May 30. He had visited the Nederland Police Department the morning of the accident, to thank the sheriff’s deputies and Ned officers who brought hamburgers to the people who had been evacuated during the stabbing investigation.
When he was interviewed on Thursday, May 31, following the stabbing, Sundvor, said he was from Rollinsville and was doing fire mitigation work in the area and had camped at the Gordon Gulch site for many years.
Both men were wearing seat belts.