FORT LEE, N.J. – A 16-year-old boy was killed Friday night after he stuck his head outside a double-decker party bus and struck the underside of a highway overpass.
Daniel Fernandez was with 65 other teens in a party bus headed towards a Sweet 16 party in New Jersey. The bus was crossing the George Washington Bridge from New York when Fernandez stuck his head out of an emergency hatch located in the roof of the bus, and his head hit the Fletcher Avenue Underpass.
The security guard on the bus says he told the teens, multiple times, to quit messing with the hatch. “I told them not to open the hatch, like three or four times, but kids, they don’t understand,” said 41-year-old Alex Franco.
Franco says that the incident happened when he walked downstairs to tell the driver it was getting too hot in the bus. That’s when he said he heard people screaming and ran back upstairs to see what happened and saw Fernandez laying on the floor covered in blood.
“I saw him on the floor,” said Franco. “His face was like, no teeth.”
Fernandez was rushed to Hackensack Medical Center were he was pronounced dead on arrival with severe head trauma. There was no alcohol being served on the bus, and according to Franco, “If they drink, I don’t know.” He also said that the teens were all searched for booze before they boarded.
On Saturday, hundreds of people showed up for a candlelight vigil at St. Francis Prep and shared stories about the popular student. “He was an adorable, low-key kid, with a sweet smile,” said Jane Lynch, Fernandez’s English teacher. “Kids loved him. He had lots of friends, and was popular with the girls.”
New York Daily News has a couple pictures from the night of the incident, including this one of Fernandez that was reportedly taken minutes before the accident. As is normally the case when people die doing something really dumb, there are a lot of comments regarding Fernandez being a “Darwin Award Nominee,” along with numerous “losing your head” type jokes.
I just have a hard time joking about dead kids — even if their death was a result of their own stupidity. Mainly because I remember some of the stuff I did as a teen that keep me awake at night when thinking of my own kids. Teens just don’t understand their own mortality and common sense often times vacates the premises when they are surrounded by their peers. I know, for a fact, that the biggest factor that ensured a lot of us made it out of our teen years was sheer, blind luck.Tags: Accident, Crime, David Fernandez, New Jersey, Weird News