Skooter reporting 09/01/12
A 16-year-old boy going on a purportedly affable trip turned into a horrific scene yesterday when the teenaged reveler looked out of a roof hatch on a double-decker party bus and died when he hit his head on a highway overpass near the George Washington Bridge, authorities said.
The teen identified by police as Daniel Fernandez, 16, was set to present the birthday girl during a ceremony at the event in Garfield, NJ. The teen’s party pals were splashed with his blood and were traumatized of the horrifying incident, an eyewitness said.
The horrific accident occurred as the bus merged onto I-95 after crossing the George Washington Bridge at about 6:45 p.m., a spokesman for the Port Authority Police Department said. Fernandez’s head get struck into the Fletcher Avenue overpass in Fort Lee, sources said.
The Designer Limousines bus was crammed with 65 teenagers; the bus was on its way to the glamorous Venetian catering hall from St. Francis Preparatory School in Fresh Meadows, Queens, where many of the revelers went to school.
Authorities said Fernandez is from Sayreville, NJ, but his Facebook page said he lives in Woodside and attends St. Francis Preparatory School.
Banquet-hall employees said the party was scheduled to go until midnight but wrapped up at 10 p.m. because of the accident.
The Web site for Designer Limousines — which uses the slogan: “Life’s short. Travel well” — boasts that the bus involved in the tragedy is the largest double-decker party bus in the country