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Neighbor saves teen driver from burning Jeep

An alert resident saved a teen driver's life following a fiery rollover crash in rural Shelby County Thursday morning just after midnight.

Daniel Boyer of rural Houston pulled Matthew Larger from a burning '96 Jeep Cherokee on Houston Road near Pampel Road.

The Shelby County Sheriff's Office reports that Larger, 18, of Piqua, was westbound on Houston Road when he lost control and went off the left side of the road. The vehicle rolled onto its side in the front yard of 6424 Houston Road, then burst into flames.

The accident caused Boyer to wake up. He looked out his window and saw the vehicle on its side.

Boyer ran outside and noticed the Jeep was on fire and Larger was still inside.

Boyer cut the seat belt off Larger and pulled him from the vehicle.

Within seconds, the Jeep was engulfed in flames. The heat from the flames melted the overhead power lines and caused them to fall on the vehicle. The lines were arcing as the vehicle burned.

A passenger, Aaron Felver, 19, of Piqua, was able to get himself out of the Jeep before it caught fire.

The Houston Fire Department extinguished the blaze after DP&L crews shut the power off.

Houston Rescue treated Larger and Felver at the scene.

The teens crashed after leaving the Shelby County Fair.

Larger was charged with OVI and failure to control.

Deputies continue their investigation.

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