Posted on September 1, 2012 · Posted in Brain Injury

Teens just don’t want to listen, no matter how many times they’re warned. And so it was with Daniel Fernandez on Friday, unfortunately.

Fernandez was killed Friday night after he stuck his head out of an emergency hatch on a double-decker bus in Fort Lee, N.J.  The 16-year-old hit his head on the underside of the Fletcher Avenue overpass, shortly after the bus crossed the George Washington Bridge from Manhattan into New Jersey on Interstate 95 south, according to The Record of New Jersey.

Fernandez was declared dead of traumatic brain injury at Hackensack University Medical Center, The Record said.

The youth, a Queens residents, was part of a group of about 70 students from St. Francis Preparatory School who were headed to a Sweet 16 party in Garfield, N.J.

The bus was equipped for partying, with a dance floor and club lighting, The Record reported. The teens had been dancing, and apparently they complained that the bus was hot. Perhaps that’s why Fernandez opened the emergency hatch.

The security guard on the bus had warned the teenagers not to open the hatch after it was opened at one point during the trip. But whether it was Fernandez who opened it or not, he foolishly stuck his head out of it.


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Attorney Gordon S. Johnson, Jr.
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