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October 10, 2014 at 7:38 AM

Juneau police sorry for telling wrong family of death

The Associated Press

JUNEAU, Alaska — Police in Juneau are apologizing for mistakenly informing a Palmer, Alaska, family that their son died in a vehicle crash.

A 33-year-old driver named Justin Donald Priest died Wednesday night in a crash when his vehicle hit a tree.

The Juneau Empire newspaper reports police contacted the family of Justin D. Priest in Palmer and incorrectly informed them their son had died. He had not.

Police say Chief Bryce Johnson contacted the Palmer family and profusely apologized for the anguish caused by the error.

The family of the man killed was informed of his death at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

Two other people in the vehicle were injured in the crash. A 50-year-old man was seriously hurt, while a 30-year-old woman walked away from the crash with minor injuries.

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