Teen killed on his way to sweet 16 party after popping his head out from bus

Daniel Fernandez 
By: Debbie Gross 

(Scroll down for video) A teen on his way to a sweet 16 party was killed, after he popped out his head from a bus and hitting an overpass on the highway.

Daniel Fernandez, of Sayreville, New Jersey, was one of 65 teenagers on the bus Friday night while crossing the George Washington Bridge in New York, said the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police. The 16-year-old was pronounced dead at a hospital.

The accident occurred on the Fletcher Avenue Bridge on Interstate 95 at 6:30 pm. Alex Franco, a security guard on the bus, told the news media that he had warned the teenagers to leave the hatch alone.

"I told them not to open the hatch, about three or four times, but the are kids, they do not understand," he said. Franco said he went downstairs to tell the driver that it was getting too hot.

"It was very hot. Everyone was dancing. For about five minutes I was on the lower level," he said. "Then I heard two guys screaming, 'Oh my God, oh my God.'"

Designer Transportation, which operates the bus, expressed their "deepest condolences" to the family of the child. It says it plans to conduct an internal investigation. Police said that no charges are likely to be filed in this case.



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