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Tuesday July 17, 2012

Austin Cruz Falls From Roof on to Off-duty Idaho Sheriff’s Detective, Breaking his Neck

Austin Cruz Falls From Roof on to Off-duty Idaho Sheriff’s Detective, Breaking his Neck

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Working a security job, one runs the risk of injury, but what happened to one man while working at a street party was definitely unexpected.

Sgt. Corey Weatherly of Idaho’s Blaine County was off-duty and working a security job at a street party that was part of the music festival when something fell from the roof on top of him.

That something was actually 20-year-old Austin B. Cruz and he had been on the roof when he fell and landed on Weatherly at around 1:45 a.m. Sunday morning.

Sheriff Gene Ramsey says Sgt. Weatherly underwent surgery at a Boise hospital after the fall left him with a broken neck. He was listed as being in “guarded” condition. Both he and Cruz were first taken to a hospital in Ketchum before Weatherly was flown to Boise.

Cruz suffered broken facial bones and a possible concussion. It is unclear what caused Cruz to fall from the roof, though some have suggested alcohol was a factor.