A third person has died from injuries suffered in a crash on Memorial Day afternoon between a car and a New Jersey Transit bus in Pleasantville, New Jersey.
The third victim is 16-year-old Amber Fernandez, who was in the car that crossed the center line and collided with the bus on Franklin Boulevard. She died Monday night in Atlanticare Regional Medical Center, in Atlantic City, Philadelphia television station CBS3 reports.
Tevin Campbell, 18, and Kira Strider, 14, were pronounced dead at the scene on Monday afternoon. Nine people were on the bus, including the driver, and some suffered minor injuries. The car’s driver and three surviving passengers in the car, the bus driver, and several bus passengers, were transported to the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City for treatment. Police say both the bus driver and the car driver were tested for drugs and alcohol. Though the bus driver was hurt, he was able to maneuver the bus off the road onto the sidewalk to avoid another collision, according to CBS3 Eyewitness News.
Kira Strider was a student at the Atlantic County Institute of Technology. Philip J. Guenther, superintendent of the Atlantic County Vocational School District, released a statement saying the entire school community “mourns the tragic loss” of Strider. He described her as “bright” and “energetic,” and an excellent student.
Police say there were five other passengers in the car, driven by 18-year-old Melissa Rodriguez, at about 2 p.m., when the car swerved into the path of the bus. Police are investigating whether speed was a factor in the crash: witnesses say the car was going faster than the 25-mile-an-hour limit, according to CBS3 Eyewitness News.