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Woman Survives Fall From 6th Floor

November 11, 1996| Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE — A woman trying to climb between two sixth-floor hotel balconies fell onto a concrete sidewalk and lived. Police say she survived because she landed on her feet.

Marilyn Lopez Whitehorse broke her pelvis and most of the bones in her legs in the fall early Saturday. But police Sgt. Cornel Heitzman said that if she had not landed on her feet, she probably would have died.

"A witness . . . said he heard her screaming and saw a man trying to pull her back, but he wasn't strong enough," Heitzman said.

After surgery for multiple fractures, Whitehorse was reported in satisfactory condition Sunday.

Heitzman said people had been having a party in the room but left before police could interview them.

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