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A Long Island teenager is expected to recover from head wounds he suffered when a woman leaping to her death landed on him at a Queens mall.

Derrick Munoz, an Amityville High School student, was on the first floor of the Queens Center Mall in Elmhurst on Wednesday when the 56-year-old woman landed on him after jumping from a third-floor balcony, Munoz's family told WPIX/Channel 11. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Munoz, 17, was treated and released Wednesday night at Elmhurst Hospital Center, a hospital spokesman said. Police said his injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.

"He was sitting there minding his own business," Munoz's father, Ruben Munoz, told WPIX. "It was pretty shocking."

The mall was packed when the woman fell to her death at 2:26 p.m. Wednesday, news reports said.

Witnesses told the television station that the unidentified woman appeared to argue with other people, believed to be her relatives, before taking off her shoes and jacket and dropping her purse. She then dangled from a balcony railing and let go, witnesses said.

"I saw somebody falling and all you hear was a loud, like, a slap," said Edward Banfo, who was at the mall with a friend to apply for a job.

"When [the woman's body] hit the floor, it got everybody's attention and everybody turned to look."

"Everybody was going crazy, like, 'Oh, my God, Oh, my God,'" said another witness, James Hellman.

District Attorney Richard Brown said the woman's two children witnessed the incident.

Ruben Munoz said the last thing his son remembers is sitting on a massage chair at the mall with his girlfriend. A CT scan was negative, he said.

"But when they cleaned him up and he tried to sit up and ... they took off the bandages, he felt very dizzy and everything else," Munoz said. "He felt dizzy and threw up."

Derrik Munoz's siblings said Munoz showed signs of recovery as he was taken to the hospital.

"I just remember that he lost consciousness and if I'm not mistaken, from what I understand, he then regained consciousness like halfway to the hospital," his brother, Jonathan Santana, told WPIX.

His sister, Sasha Santana, said Munoz had no recollection of the incident.

"He was sitting down and then he was in the ambulance and then that's when he regained his consciousness, and he didn't remember anything," she said.

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Whats with all the heart warming stories in the Lounge as of late?

Ok... Maybe this story will be better:

Woman's tofu license plate curdles in Colo.



DENVER – One Colorado woman's love for tofu has been judged X-rated by state officials. Kelly Coffman-Lee wanted to tell the world about her fondness for bean curd by picking certain letters for her SUV's license plate.

Her suggestion for the plate: "ILVTOFU."

But the Division of Motor Vehicles blocked her plan because they thought the combination of letters could be interpreted as profane.

Says Department of Revenue spokesman Mark Couch: "We don't allow 'FU' because some people could read that as street language for sex."

Officials meet periodically to ensure state plates stay free of letters that abbreviate gang slang, drug terms or obscene phrases.

The 38-year-old Coffman-Lee says tofu is a staple of her family's diet because they are vegan and that the DMV misinterpreted her message.

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