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September 4, 2012

Grieving grandmother collapses at bus teen's funeral

By Christina Carrega and Bruce Golding
The New York Post

QUEENS, N.Y. — A grieving grandmother collapsed yesterday at a wake for the Queens teen killed in a grisly accident when he stuck his head out the roof hatch of a double-decker party bus in New Jersey.

A woman ran out of the Kearns Funeral Home in Middle Village screaming, "Get an ambulance!" about an hour into the closed-casket memorial for Daniel Fernandez, 16.

Medics administered oxygen.

Hundreds of mourners turned out to pay their respects to Fernandez.

"This was such a tragedy," said former St. Francis Prep classmate Frankie Insalci, 18. "Daniel was really a cool kid."

Fernandez's ex-girlfriend, Kristina Rusin, 16, tearfully described him as "the best friend I could have ever had. He always knew how to cheer me up. I can't believe he's gone."

Fernandez was killed Friday when his head struck an overpass in Fort Lee as the bus was en route to a Sweet 16 party.

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