Teen Hanged at Hayride Hanging Scene
LAKEWOOD, N.J. (AP) _ A teen-ager posing as a hanging victim along the route of a Halloween hayride was found hanged for real, authorities said.
Brian Jewell, 17, of Toms River was found dead Saturday night by the driver of the hayride.
Police spokesman Lt. Howard Patterson said the death appeared to be accidental.
The rope was a prop only and never should have gone around the boy’s neck, said Lt. Michael Murray, spokesman for the Ocean County prosecutor’s office.
A group of hayriders had approached the hanging scene, but Jewell never gave them his haunting pitch, Murray said. It was then that the driver checked on the boy.
The ride, featuring costumed performers, was run by Ocean Haunted Hayrides Inc., for whom, Jewell, a high school student, was working. A employee who refused to give his name said the ride’s operators had no comment.