There is a bizarre case out of Boise, Idaho where a group of five teenagers were injured when a SUV crashed. The cause of the accident was a 16-year-old boy who reportedly decided it would be funny to light the armpit hair of the driver, 18-year-old Tristian Myers, on fire. Two of the girls, 15 and 16 years of age, were thrown from the Ford Bronco.
What is interesting is the array of charges for the rollover. Myers, the armpit victim, was charged with inattentive driving. I assume that the inattentive aspect was not trying to put out his flaming armpit.
The 16-year-old who used a lighter on his friend’s armpit was charged with interfering with the driver’s safety. However, none of the teenagers were wearing seat belts, which could prove important if any sue the driver for their injuries. There are indications that Myers may have been driving too fast at the time of the igniting of his arm pit.
Idaho has a seatbelt law but the penalty is quite small for any violation.