Burned armpit hair leads to crash; five teens injured
BY SVEN BERG
September 17, 2014
ADA COUNTY — Five teenagers got a lesson in road safety rules early Sunday morning when a prank on the driver of a Ford Bronco went wrong.
First rule: Don't burn the driver's armpit hair, especially when the vehicle's moving.
A 16-year-old boy violated this rule about 5:30 a.m. when he held a cigarette lighter to the armpit hair of 18-year-old Tristian Myers, who was driving on Columbia Road between Meridian and Linder roads, according to a press release from the Ada County Sheriff's Office.
The Ford Bronco rolled. The passenger was cited for distracting the driver, and Myers was cited with inattentive driving.
Second rule: Wear your seatbelt.
Everyone in the vehicle — Myers, the 16-year-old passenger, two girls ages 15 and 16, and a 17-year-old boy — violated this rule, and they were all injured.
In all seriousness, Ada County Sheriff's spokesman Patrick Orr said, it's lucky no one died. The girls were thrown from the Bronco, he said. They were taken to the hospital, as was one of the teenage boys. Their injuries are not life-threatening, Orr said. The other two were treated on the spot.
Third rule: Don't lie to the cops.
According to the sheriff's news release, Myers told responding deputies that he crashed because he swerved to miss an animal.
"It wasn’t until a short time later, after deputies talked to all the teens, when a different story emerged — that the teens in the front of the car were goofing around prior to the crash," the release reads. "There was also evidence Myers was going too fast and driving erratically prior to the crash, which led to citation for inattentive driving."
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