The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

March 27, 2013

‘Intoxicated’ man falls to his death from overpass


TARBORO — An "intoxicated" Ahoskie man fell to his death from an overpass around 2:45 a.m. Sunday, according to a press release issued by the Tarboro Police Department.

Juan Antonio-Rubio Torres, 32, was pronounced dead at the scene where he reportedly fell from the Western Boulevard overpass onto Anaconda Road. Although the incident was ruled "accidental," comments from a friend who was with Torres when the incident occurred, point to a possible suicide.

According to report, Torres and his friends were at Paraiso Club on Northern Boulevard, located less than a half of mile from where the incident occurred.

That group headed to the nearest hotel.

Nazaria said Torres had talked about committing suicide often, including the night of the incident.

When they arrived at the overpass, Torres stepped over the guard rail and one of the friends pulled him to the ground, according to reports. Torres apparently stepped back over the rail again and fell to his death.

"Every time he drank, he talked about his last day," Nazaria said. "He even asked a lady at the club that night, 'Do I look good to die?'

An autopsy report revealed that there was no additional injuries to Torres body that was not consistent with the injuries that he sustained from the fall. The results of a toxicology examination is pending.

Nazaria said she has had contact Torres' mother, who lives in Mexico. Because of immigration guidelines, it may be a month before Torres' mother can come to America.