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Parents told by police their son was killed in crash, then he opens door at home

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska – After a state trooper notified a couple from Alaska that their son had been killed in an accident, the grieving parents went to break the bad news to their son’s girlfriend and were shocked when their son opened the door.

According to the Alaska Dispatch News, an Alaska State trooper arrived at Jay and Karen Priest’s home around 3 a.m. Thursday to regrettably inform them that their 29-year-old son, Justin, had been killed in a car crash the night before.

KCPQ reports the devastated parents drove to Anchorage to tell another son, Cody, about the loss.  Then all of them drove to Justin’s home to tell his longtime girlfriend.

The family was shocked when Justin answered the door.

“You’re alive!” his mother shouted.

According to ADN, the parents explained to Justin they thought he was dead.

The newspaper said it turned out that the real accident victim had the same name, but with a different birth date and middle name.