16 Year Old St. Francis Prep Student Daniel Fernandez of Sayreville, NJ Killed after Sticking Head through Party Bus Roof

 

TRAGEDY YES, ACCIDENT NO …

A 16 year old St. Francis Prep student, Daniel Fernandez, was killed while riding on  party bus over the weekend after he hit his head on an overpass after he had popped the buses roof hatch. What a sad tragedy that never had to take place if teens would have just listened to warnings and acted responsibly. As reported at the LA Times, the bus had just left the George Washington Bridge at about 6:30 p.m. when Fernandez stuck his head out of the escape hatch on the ceiling and hit the underside of the overpass, Coleman said.  He was pronounced dead at a local medical center.

A St. Francis Prep student was killed when his head hit an overpass as he clowned around on a New Jersey-bound party bus and popped out of a hatch in the roof near the George Washington Bridge Friday night, authorities said.

Daniel Fernandez, 16, an incoming junior at the Queens Catholic school, died at Hackensack University Medical Center from severe head trauma shortly after the 6:45 p.m. incident, law enforcement sources said.

Sixty-five teens boarded the double-decker bus in at the school in Fresh Meadows and had reached Fort Lee, N.J., on their way to a Sweet 16 party when the accident occurred, police said.

“When the bus went under the Fletcher Ave. overpass, the boy’s head struck the underside of that overpass,” a Port Authority spokesman said.

According to accounts, the security guard on the bus said he warned the exuberant teens to leave the rooftop hatch alone. However, it appears that they just could not listen. Sad, simply sad. Our hearts and prayers go out to Daniel’s family and friends. Please let this be a lesson to teens, LISTEN TO WHAT YOU ARE TOLD!

The security guard on the bus said he warned the exuberant teens to leave the rooftop hatch alone.

“I told them not to open the hatch, like three or four times, but kids, they don’t understand,” said Alex Franco, 41, who was the security guard on the bus.

Posted September 2, 2012 by
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    2 Responses to “16 Year Old St. Francis Prep Student Daniel Fernandez of Sayreville, NJ Killed after Sticking Head through Party Bus Roof”

    1. A Texas Grandfather on September 2nd, 2012 10:59 am

      This is a tough lesson for all those sixteen year olds on the trip. Teens seldom think about consequences of their behavior.

      Once these teens discovered the escape hatch, it became their silly play center. The fact that the bus was tall and some bridges were only being cleared by inches never entered their thoughts.

    2. Richard Joseph Kutney on September 8th, 2012 1:03 pm

      Hi. We are sad, but we need to honor Dan’s memory. I have created a PERMANENT memorial page for Dan. I did this for YOU; the friends, family and loved ones of Dan. – http://www.facebook.com/#!/DanielFernandezMemorial
      I hope you like it. Please post your positive thoughts, feelings, memories and photos and videos about Dan for his family and all his friends… This will be a PERMANENT place for everyone to remember Dan. Are you ready to post something on Dan’s memorial page?

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