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.