Mike W. Bryant
Northern News Services
Published Friday, October 16, 2009
SOMBA K'E/YELLOWKNIFE - Yellowknife friends and admirers of snowmobiling daredevil Darryl Tait are praying for him to pull through after a terrible accident last weekend landed the 19-year-old in hospital.
Darryl Tait recieves his silver medal in the Half pipe competition for snowboarding at the Arctic Winter Games Kenai Alaska.
Tait, a rising star on the extreme snowmobiling sports circuit, was attempting a back flip on a dirt track in a freestyle demonstration at the New Hampshire Grass Drags in Fremont, New Hampshire on Oct. 11 when the snowmobile failed to complete the rotation and both Tait and the machine came crashing to the ground.
"I don't know if the machine quit in the rotation, we haven't gone back to analyze the parts," said his father Jamie Tait on Wednesday from Boston, Mass., where his son was hospitalized.
"The long and short of it is he got a very badly broken back between T-5 and T-6 (vertebrae), and crushed lungs and ribs, shoulder blades. He's not stable enough to go in and stabilize his back yet."
Jamie is the former owner of Summit Air and his family were residents of Yellowknife until early last year. The family has since moved to Atlin, B.C. after living in the city for eight years.