Teen Drives Off Pikes Peak Into Bottomless Pit

Rescue Of Injured Driver Takes 8 Hours

A 17-year-old boy whose girlfriend had reportedly just broken up with him drove his car off the summit of Pikes Peak, plunging 900 feet into an area known as "Bottomless Pit."

The incident occurred at about 1 p.m. Wednesday, and it took more than eight hours to rescue the injured driver.

According to rescuers, the boy drove off the 14,110-foot summit, in front of a crowd of tourists, at about 35 mph. As the car rolled down the steep slope, the teen was ejected from the tumbling car.

The first rescuers to reach the teen used a fire hose as a safety line to climb down from the summit.

Search and Rescue team member Dave Doren told the Colorado Springs Gazette newspaper that the teen was conscious when they reached him and he was conscious during the entire rescue.

A Colorado Springs police officer was overheard telling tourists that the teen had just broken up with his girlfriend.

The teen was finally hoisted to the summit by 8:30 p.m., where a Chinook helicopter landed and transported him to a park near Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs. The chopper was too large to land on the hospital's helipad.

The teen's condition has not been released, but KRDO TV reported that he had closed head injuries.

In 1992, a college student was killed when he drove off the mountain. His girlfriend had broken up with him, according to the Gazette.