Wrong family told twice son died in car accident

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Family Told Twice Wrong Son Died In Car Accident

Police in Alaska made a pretty big mix up last week after telling two parents twice that their son died in a car accident Wednesday night. Once by a state trooper and then again by a dispatch officer.

Justin Priest, 29, shocked his family when they went to inform his girlfriend and he answered the door, very much alive and well.

His mother said she thought she was hallucinating when she saw her son. She told the Associated Press, "It opens and right here is Justin... It doesn't compute to me... You want it to be true, but you go, 'Am I hallucinating?' Justin didn't know what was going on."

The family called police to let them know they had the wrong guy. Turns out the man who died in the wreck was also named Justin Priest, but he was a different age, had a different birthday and middle name.

The right parents were notified shortly after.

Juneau Police Chief told the Alaska Dispatch News the department has apologized profusely for the mistake and hopes they'll change protocol so this never happens again in Alaska.

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