- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 30, 2016

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A 19-year-old South Dakota man who fell while climbing Montana’s highest mountain peak earlier this month has died from his injuries.

The Rapid City Journal reports (https://bit.ly/2bAwZVR ) that Thomas Craig Pfeifle died at a hospital Monday.

Pfeifle had fallen 20 to 30 feet while climbing near the summit of the 12,800-foot Granite Peak on Aug. 8.

The Rapid City man had been rescued by helicopter and flown to a Billings hospital, where he was treated for a head injury. He was then transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he died Monday.

A medical examiner says Pfeifle’s official cause of death has not yet been determined.

Pfiefle is the son of South Dakota 7th Circuit Court judges Craig Pfeifle and Jane Wipf Pfeifle.

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Information from: Rapid City Journal, https://www.rapidcityjournal.com


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