Third Teen Dies From Monday’s Crash in Pleasantville
"Their bond was so strong, not even God could tear them apart. God took them together." So said Bibi Fernandez, 22, of her 16-year-old sister Amber's death early Tuesday, as a result of an automobile collision... with an NJ. Transit bus in Pleasantville on Memorial Day.
Amber's best friend Kira Strider, 14, of Pleasantville, died at the scene of the Monday's accident along with 18-year-old Tevin Campbell of Absecon.
The three girls were among six passengers in a car driven by Melissa Rodriquez, 18, of Pleasantville, that was traveling north on Franklin Boulevard in Pleasantville when she crossed into oncoming traffic. The driver and the two other passengers remain in the hospital, with one still in critical condition.
According to the Press of Atlantic City, Amber Fernandez was a freshman at Charter Tech High School for the Performing Arts in Somers Point. Kira Strider attended Atlantic County Institute of Technology and Tevin Campbell was taking classes at Atlantic Cape Community College. Grief counselors were on hand at those schools Tuesday to help students deal with the tragedy.
Since she was under the age of 21, Rodriquez was in violation of New Jersey's Graduated Driver License Law, which stipulates that there must be someone in the vehicle over the age of 21, who has had a valid license for at least three years, in order to have more than one other passenger in the car.