A 16-year-old boy on his way to a party in New Jersey was killed after sticking his head out of a party bus and hitting an overpass just after crossing the George Washington Bridge Friday, authorities say.
Daniel Fernandez was on a double-decker bus with about 65 other teenagers headed to New Jersey for a sweet sixteen party, according to Port Authority spokesman Al Della Fave. They boarded the bus in Queens, and crossed over the George Washington Bridge to New Jersey shortly after 6:30 p.m.
As the bus exited the upper level to head toward Interstate 95, the boy opened the top hatch of the bus and stuck his head out, said Della Fave. His head struck the underside of the Fletcher Avenue overpass, causing extreme trauma.
Fernandez was rushed to Hackensack University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Alex Franco, a security guard on the bus, told the Daily News that he had warned the teens to leave the hatch alone.
“I told them not to open the hatch, like three or four times, but kids, they don’t understand,” he said.
Franco said he went downstairs to tell the driver that it was getting too hot.
“It was very hot. Everybody was dancing. Two, five minutes I was downstairs,” he said. “Then I heard two guys screaming, ‘Oh, my God, oh, my God.'”
No other physical injuries were reported, but the other teens on board the bus appeared to suffer severe emotional trauma. They were taken to a bridge administration building on a lower lot, where their parents picked them up.
Della Fave said two adults on were on board the bus at the time, the driver and an assistant. The assistant’s role was not immediately clear.
The double-decker bus was operated by Designer Limousine.
Police are continuing to investigate.
Source: NBC 4 NY