Long hair traps Grovetown teen in overturned car this afternoon

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Emergency responders freed a Grovetown teen from her overturned car this afternoon by cutting her hair, which had slipped out the vehicle's sunroof and pinned her inside.

“She’s a little upset” about the haircut, said firefighter Amy Burrus of Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue.

Police said Amber Boswell, of Landing Drive in Grovetown, was driving too fast around a curve on Baker Place Road near Interstate 20 about 3 p.m.

Columbia County sheriff’s Deputy Mark Smith said when her Saturn veered off the right side of the road, she overcorrected, swerved across both lanes of traffic, hit a ditch and flipped the vehicle upside down.

During the rollover, Miss Boswell’s long hair flew out the vehicle’s sunroof.

“Her hair was actually caught ... under the car,” Deputy Smith said.

Ms. Burrus said she and other emergency responders were able to pull most of Miss Boswell’s trapped hair loose, but were forced to cut a chunk of it to free her.

Otherwise, Miss Boswell received only minor injuries, authorities said. The four passengers – two 14-year-olds and two 16-year-olds – also sustained minor injuries, they said.

Miss Boswell was cited for traveling too fast, failure to maintain lane and violating her drivers license restrictions by having more than three passengers in the car, Deputy Smith said.

Reach Valerie Rowell at (706) 868-1222, ext. 110 or

valerie.rowell@augustachronicle.com.

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RogueKnight
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RogueKnight 08/24/09 - 05:34 pm
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I'd say all of them dodged a

I'd say all of them dodged a bullet today. Kids, SLOW DOWN!

ONLY THE TRUTH
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ONLY THE TRUTH 08/24/09 - 05:45 pm
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Why is the age of the

Why is the age of the passengers reported but not the driver??? SHODDY

leoswife
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leoswife 08/24/09 - 05:47 pm
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To her parents, please take

To her parents, please take her driver's license away-ground her-lecture her, whatever you have to do to drill it into her head that she could have been killed! And taken the lives of four other children with her! This could have been so much worse than minor injuries and a bad haircut!

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 08/24/09 - 06:18 pm
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leoswife - I could not have

leoswife - I could not have said it better myself. Only - I would have added a few additional restrictions and most of all thanked the Lord that no one was killed or seriously injured.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 08/24/09 - 06:39 pm
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Hair is her main concern?

Hair is her main concern? PUH-leze! leoswife has got it right!!

Why ME
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Why ME 08/24/09 - 06:50 pm
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The FD will probably get

The FD will probably get sued.

xpresso1
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xpresso1 08/24/09 - 06:55 pm
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With her hair being her main

With her hair being her main concern, shows her maturity level is not what it should be to be in control of a vehicle. She is still a kid and needs some growing up before being turned loose. Kids just dont think, and that do not grasp the concept of what can happen. I thank God that lecturing is all these parents will have to do, God knows they could have been planning their funerals. I pray for all kids today.

Nammy3
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Nammy3 08/24/09 - 07:00 pm
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Honey, the hair WILL grow

Honey, the hair WILL grow back! I've had hair to my rear-end 3 times in my lifetime.....yours will grow back too! Ya'll are so lucky to even be here to let it grow! You're also lucky it wasn't yanked out of your head and you'd possibly have a bald spot that'll never grow! Take your punishment and quit your griping. Be thankful you all are alive! Vanity be damned!

demented dave
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demented dave 08/24/09 - 08:01 pm
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Typical Columbia County teen,

Typical Columbia County teen, ruins a car she probably didn't pay for herself, is nearly responsible for the death or terrible injury of a total of 5 people, and she whines about the impromptu trim. The should have yanked it all out, if you ask me.

LouLou
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LouLou 08/24/09 - 09:15 pm
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I hope she's gave The Good

I hope she's gave The Good Lord thanks for sparing her and her passengers lives. Forget about the hair! Then maybe having lost her "precious" hair due to her driving like this'll have her thinking twice before putting her foot to the floor board. They have all been spared by the Grace of God.

pommom38
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pommom38 08/24/09 - 09:29 pm
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I would assume the driver was

I would assume the driver was in the 16 yr old range as well, if she was cited for violating the passenger rule. Who is buying or letting these teen's have cars to begin with? I'm sorry, I don't care how *responsible* a teen thinks they are, they should not be allowed to drive until they have proven themselves to be so. Dang the hair comment, I can't believe teens think they are immune to the laws of the road, accidents, etc..
This girl could have just ruined her entire future because of pure carelessness. I hope her parents throw down the gauntlet and really make her learn from this.. THE HARD WAY

Mudfish
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Mudfish 08/24/09 - 11:20 pm
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Back when I had to respond to

Back when I had to respond to these accidents, I got the idea that teens though they were immune to not only the laws of the road but immune to death as well.
I can remember when driver education was taught in the 10th grade of school and the movies we had to watch showed us death in all kinds of gore and it made you think.
That was back in the "good old days" when you could show this kind of stuff.
We had our death in high school from auto accidents but I don't remember as much back then as it is today.

ripjones
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ripjones 08/24/09 - 11:32 pm
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leowswife has it exactly

leowswife has it exactly right. Parents -- do your job. Driving is a priviledge, not a right. The parents of the other kids, should now "inform" their kids that they are not to ride with Amber, until she grows up.

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 08/25/09 - 12:03 am
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First, I am glad no one was

First, I am glad no one was injured as I am sure the parents do as well. I certainly understand parents working 2 jobs having young adults that need to get to various places, etc. and therefore, they either get or earn a car and the priviledge of driving. However, it is just that, a priviledge and as such needs to come with a lot of conversation, communication, and education. Likewise, it is just as important for those who are permitted to ride with others, especially while in HS or college. Young people have less experience behind the wheel, tend to take more risks, certainly enjoy their cell phones, texting, radios, etc. (as do many adults) and generally travel with 4 or so persons in the car thereby creating more conversation and diversions from driving. Before allowing them to drive on their own, have them successfully complete a drivers ed course, have them drive you around for a while, use good driving skills yourslef to set the proper example and above all, talk with them (not to them but with them) about all of the dangers, obstacles, peer pressure, etc. and the consequences if they violate your trust behind the wheel. Trust with VERIFICATION is best.

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 08/25/09 - 12:10 am
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And....for those parents who

And....for those parents who allow their youth to ride with other young adults, make them fully aware of all of the dagners as well. Let them know their responsibilities. Tell them they can always get out and call you for a ride if needed. Make sure they do understand just how bad an agressive driver, a driver using a cell phone and especially a driver who texts while driving can be. Make sure you know who is driving your children around and their parents as well. You may not have time to drive them everywhere or know everything they do but you certainly can and should be involved with their lives and know the parents, families, etc. of those being intrusted with such an important responsibility. Driving accidents take many of our youths away from us on a daily basis, including this area. This little bit of time and effort may just save your childs life.

dixiedog
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dixiedog 08/25/09 - 01:27 am
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16 is way to young to drive.

16 is way to young to drive. Everyyear when the newly licensed 16 year olds hit the road, it is a blood bath. These children do not realise that a vehicle is not a toy. A vehicle is deadly piece of heavy equipment, that will kill you quick !!!

mineallmine
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mineallmine 08/25/09 - 02:58 am
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Thank God no one was

Thank God no one was seriously injured. Every day we read about people who over correct, flip their cars, and die. These children could have had far worse injuries. I hope this young lady has learned a very valuable lesson. I also hope her parents have learned a valuable lesson. Please, parents, ensure your teen is a safe, careful driver who obeys the laws of the road before letting her back out there. The parents of the other children should also ensure that their kids do not ride with a newly licensed child. The next lesson learned may not be as easy to swallow.

KSL
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KSL 08/25/09 - 05:43 am
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I don't like the blanket

I don't like the blanket statement that sixteen is too young to drive. In reference to this particular teen driver, it seems to be correct since she is concerned about he hair when she could have been responsible for the deaths of others.

disssman
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disssman 08/25/09 - 07:36 am
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I would say check her phone

I would say check her phone records for any sign of text messaging. If she was texting or phoning, take her license until she reaches 18. I really don't think she was traveling all that fast because there were no real injuries. The only thing I can think of that would cause a person to veer off the highway is the art of texting.

emergencyfan
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emergencyfan 08/25/09 - 09:03 am
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New drivers make

New drivers make mistakes--doesn't matter if they're 16 or 20, it's sometimes, unfortunately, part of the learning process. What concerns me is that she was violating a black-and-white law about others in the car. All five kids should have known that law and all five ignored it. The 14-year-olds, sure, yeah, they're acting like 14-year-olds. The driver and the two 16-year-olds though obviously aren't mature enough to be trusted to obey the law and therefore certainly should not be trusted to drive until they've had some time to grow up a bit more and learn to take driving (and the law) seriously before they are allowed to get behind the wheel.

latosha_5
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latosha_5 08/25/09 - 07:07 pm
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WOW! it never ceases to amaze

WOW! it never ceases to amaze how irresponsible, immature, and vain these kids are! someone posted about her parents possible working two jobs and she had places to go ha ha funny, my parents worked two jobs and always found time to drive me where i had to be (only school functions, i was not allowed to hang out). and i see now why my dad neve let me ride with teenagers. i say, if you can afford a car, payments, insurance...then you may be alloted the privilage to drive. i was very responsible but was not able to get my DL until i could pay for everything myself!

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