Armpit + Cigarette Lighter = Bad Car Crash on Columbia Road

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ADA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
  • Ada County Sheriff's Office

The Ada County Sheriff's Office released photos Wednesday afternoon of a Sept. 14 accident that injured five teenagers.

Law enforcement said the crash was the result of a "prank" that went very wrong.

According to ACSO, the teens were not wearing seatbelts. The incident started when a passenger in the SUV tried to light the driver's armpit hair on fire with a cigarette lighter. The crash occurred at approximately 5:30 a.m. Sept. 14 on Columbia Road near Meridian and Linder roads. 

The driver, 18-year-old Tristian Myers, initially told ACSO deputies that he was trying to avoid an animal in the road, leading him to swerve into a ditch. But after talking to all the teens, the real story emerged, according to ACSO. Deputies said evidence also pointed to Myers driving too fast and erratically prior to the crash. He was ultimately charged with inattentive driving. One of the passengers, a 16-year-old boy, was cited for interfering with the driver's safe operation of a vehicle.

None of the injuries was life-threatening.

ADA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
  • Ada County Sheriff's Office