Armpit Hair Fire Triggers Car Crash

A prank on a driver goes very wrong in Boise, Idaho
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 18, 2014 8:16 AM CDT
Armpit Hair Fire Triggers Car Crash
A lighter prank turned bad in Boise.   (Shutterstock)

Police say five teenagers are lucky to be alive after an early Sunday rollover crash in Boise, Idaho. The cause? Burning armpit hair. Three boys and two girls, aged 15 to 18, suffered non-life-threatening injuries—a fortunate feat as police say none were wearing seat belts and two were thrown from an SUV when a 16-year-old boy used a lighter to set the driver's armpit hair on fire. Tristian Myers, 18, initially told police he swerved his Ford Bronco to avoid an animal, the Idaho Statesman reports, but soon "a different story emerged," police say.

After all five passengers spoke to police, the unnamed 16-year-old prankster admitted to igniting Myers prior to the accident, which saw the vehicle roll over and end up partway in a cornfield, the New York Daily News reports. He was cited for interfering with the driver's safety, while Myers was cited for inattentive driving, the AP reports. "The teens in the front of the car were goofing around prior to the crash," the police release says. "There was also evidence Myers was going too fast and driving erratically prior to the crash." Three of the teens were taken to a hospital with undisclosed injuries. (It turns out Myers doesn't really need his armpit hair anyway.)

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