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I first heard about this story on down below earlier today on the radio. I also have been hearing a lot about recent deaths this week of younger people. A 25 year-old male fell over a railing at NFL's Houston stadium and dropped 65 feet below and died. A 20 year-old male did the same thing, only at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, and the drop was about 45 feet down. Now this about the 16 year-old in N.J. I know that this probably isn't p.c. or popular to state, but ya got to wonder if any of these deaths could have been prevented if they weren't reckless in their behavior. I can see why local and state laws are passed ranging anywhere from bike helmet laws as far back as 15 years ago to current laws of texting while driving. Has common sense gone out the window anymore with the younger generation?

I know I know, there are some stupid things that us Gen Xers (people born between 1964 to 1982) and Baby Boomers (people born between 1946 to 1964) do. But damn, I'm seeing a lot from Generation Y (people born between 1982 to 2000) and the Millenium Babies ( from 2000 to 2018) acting a lot in a reckless behavior to where it can cost them their lives. Seems like things are being dumbed down anymore to accommodate people today, especially the younger generations. This is my commentary which is my opinion.

A Sweet 16 party aboard a party bus ended in tragedy Friday night when a teen stuck his head out of the emergency roof hatch, struck his head on an overpass and died.

Daniel Fernandez, 16, of Queens, New York, was on a double-decker party bus carrying 65 teens to a birthday party in New Jersey when the accident happened between 6:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m., Port Authority Police Department spokesman Steve Coleman said. He said he wasn't sure how many adults were on board.

The driver picked up the party-goers from Saint Francis Preparatory School in Queens, where they start class next week, and was headed toward the New Jersey Turnpike. Just after Fernandez opened the hatch and stuck his head out, the bus passed under the Fletcher Avenue overpass, where Fernandez struck his head, Coleman said.

Emergency responders rushed Fernandez to Hackensack Medical Center as his classmates took to twitter with the hashtag #staystrongdan and #prepfam.

"Just hoping for that one tweet or trxt with good news, this isnt fair," wrote Twitter user Bobby Perretti.

"Be strong Dan. Your going to be okay. You can do it kid. We're all praying for you," tweeted Melissa Dericioglu.

Fernandez was pronounced dead at the hospital, and users started tweeting their grief with the hashtag #ripdan. Many said they couldn't sleep or that they woke up crying.

The limousine company, Designer Limousine in Port Washington, N.Y., said the hatch on the "Double Decker Mega Liner" roof was intended for emergency escape only. The party bus boasts two bars, two dance floors, nightclub lighting and 15 flat-screen televisions, according to the Designer Limousine website.

"This is a terrible tragedy," Designer Limousine manager Alicia Pitzer told She said the company will conduct an internal investigation.

"What happened, happened," she said. "We can't turn back the hands of time."

The Bergen County Prosecutor's office will handle the police investigation going forward. Police said it was not clear whether any charges will be filed, or whether the teens were drinking.

A 25-year-old woman was killed as she fell from a moving party bus last month in Los Gatos, Calif., on her way home from a concert. In 2010, a 19-year-old died in a car crash after drinking aboard a party bus, prompting his father to speak out for tougher restrictions on so-called "booze cruises." As a result, a San Mateo lawmaker has proposed a California bill that would hold the bus drivers responsible for underage drinking in the vehicle.

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Sep 1 @ 10:20PM  
Too many young people dying from doing stupid things. I don't know if I'd call it "dumbing down" of the younger generations. I can remember being a young adult and having that feeling of immortality, that we can get away with anything. I remember friends dying because of drunk driving when I was in high school.

It's just to see any life end.

Sep 1 @ 10:59PM  
Yeah, I know, Dawn. All generations have done some stupid things as young adults before, but it seems like laws are being passed anymore over the past 20 years to try to protect us all from little things such as instructions to hair dryers to recalls of air bags to playpens to baby carriers. Growing up, it just didn't seem like there were as many instructions on small easy to figure out things to recalls that we practically see everyday anymore.

Not to mention that a lot of the young generation can figure out little electronic gadgets, but little simple things on how to heat up soup, or to cook the basic little things are hard to figure out for a lot of them. Read a lot of stories and articles on stuff like that that makes you shake your head. Did I mention vacuums? Yeah, I have even heard that a lot of them wouldn't know how to turn one on and use them.

I guess things do change over time with generations. I guess I'm longing for the simple little things in life as I knew it 25 years ago when most of us didn't have cell phones, and people socialized more with each other face-to-face instead of through texting, the internet and such.

Sure, we had video games, but we also went out and hung out with friends at video arcades in malls. We also used to "cruise" around town in our cars. Oh, I just remembered that a lot of the younger generation doesn't have too much of a desire to get their drivers license to drive. I hear more and more about this, and it's hard to believe. Knowing a few families in my area like this, and hearing the same of cases involving this, I know I can't be the only one seeing and hearing about this.

But it's not all about the younger generations either. I see people around my own age, a little older and a little younger than me that have fallen victim to drugs. Methlabs are springing up all over the place around where I live. It's shameful that people have reduced themselves to such trash such as having kids and living like in methlabs in their homes.

Getting back to the topic at hand, I long for the days where when we were young we could ride our bikes all over the area without helmets. Skateboarding, wouldn't worry about pads or helmets either. Fall off and just get right back up and continue. Paint chips with led base paint, we didn't seem to worry about that either.

Sep 2 @ 9:30AM  
I totally agree with everything you just said. It's as if in the last 20 years someone got the idea that we cannot think for our selves anymore..there has to be instructions on everything, or warnings, and the's like a new one every week. Seems like it.

Yeah, I've seen what you're saying about younger people and the apathy about drivers licenses. My own niece didn't show much interest until recently, and she's 19 now. What woke her up was her father telling her that her parents wouldn't be around her whole life to "chauffeur" her around. She's taken the state's driver's test, and passed it. And yes, I've also noticed that kids don't seem to be getting out and hanging out with friends the way we did at their age. parent's couldn't keep my sisters and I home, even in the winter. We were always out with our friends doing something.

Whatever happened to letting people think for them selves?

Sep 2 @ 10:06AM  
Sorry, but I have no sympathy for stupid teenagers that have no common sense. Read it in the newspaper this morning. More and mor teenagers now adays have no common sense, And these kids will be taking over for us, I shudder at the thought.

Sep 2 @ 10:10AM  
I agree wet. It is scary to think about. And just think, our parents generation used to be afraid of our generation running things.

I hate to say, but there are a lot of young people out there today with little to no social skills because instead of being out and socializing, they are instead indoors on computers or in front of tv's most of their young life. I rarely ever see kids outside playing anymore, or riding bikes.

Sep 2 @ 8:00PM  
A 20 year-old male did the same thing, only at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, and the drop was about 45 feet down.

This kid was from Lenoir City... where I used to live, right down the road.... sad as these cases are... they ARE responsible for their own actions.............dammit!!!!! I'm sure there will be lawsuits in many of these cases. But the kid on the bus was told numerous times to leave that hatch alone but he kept on doing it. I feel sad for these families but I don't have much mercy for acts of stupidity, even if they involved injury or worse.

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