It started out as fun but a sweet 16 party aboard a party bus ended in tragedy. Friday night, a teen stuck his head out of the emergency roof hatch while going through an overpass and he died.
The fatality was identified as Daniel Fernandez, 16, resident of Queens, New York. He was on a, a double-decker party bus with 65 teens celebrating a birthday party in New Jersey when the accident happened between 6:30 and 6:45 o’clock that evening. Port Authority Police Department spokesman Steve Coleman said that he has not found out yet how many adults were on board.
The driver got the party-goers from Saint Francis Preparatory School in Queens, where classes will be starting next week. The group was headed toward the New Jersey Turnpike. One teen opened the hatch and struck his head out. It was also the time when the bus passed under the Fletcher Avenue overpass.
Emergency responders rushed Fernandez to Hackensack Medical Center but Fernandez was pronounced dead at the hospital.
The limousine company, Designer Limousine in Port Washington, N.Y., said the opening on the Double Decker Mega Liner roof was placed there for emergency escape use only; it was not intended to be used for any other reason. The party bus is proud of its two bars, two dance floors, nightclub lighting and 15 flat-screen televisions.
Designer Limousine manager Alicia Pitzer told the media that it was such a terrible accident and the company will conduct an internal investigation.
The Bergen County Prosecutor’s office will conduct an investigation going forward. Police said that they trying to decide if any charges will be filed, or whether the teens were drinking.
Party buses are a risk as only last month, a 25-year-old woman died as she fell from a moving party bus in Los Gatos, Calif., on her way home from a concert. In 2010, a 19-year-old was killed in a car crash after drinking aboard a party bus. The victim’s father was prompted to speak out for the need of tougher restrictions on the so-called “booze cruises.”
As a result, a San Mateo lawmaker has proposed that a California bill that would hold the bus drivers responsible for underage drinking in the vehicle.
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Source: ABC News