Woman on spring break dies after falling from South Padre balcony

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SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas – A 21-year-old woman enjoying spring break has died on South Padre Island.

Authorities say a woman celebrating spring break fell to her death from the seventh floor balcony of the Padre South Hotel.

“It is believed that she was perched on the balcony wall, kind of resting and moved to adjust herself and slipped and fell to her death,” says Chief Randy Smith, with the South Padre Island Police Department.

Authorities say Nereida Cruz died immediately.

“It was, you know, instantly. Once she hit, she was gone there, like two seconds,” says Bennie Ochoa.

Alcohol is not believed to be a factor.

“And it’s sad that it did happen. But, it has happened before in hotels with high rises and so it’s always something that people need to be aware of,”  said Chief Smith.

This is the second death of a spring breaker in less than a week on the island.

According to KVEO, authorities are still investigating the death of 24-year-old Ruben Diaz, who died at a private condo over the weekend.

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