Friday, June 02, 2006

Mistaken Identity

If you haven't seen the story yet, let me just turn your attention to a horrible case of mistaken identity. Two friends--Laura and Whitney--were in a car accident, leaving Laura dead and Whitney in a coma-like state. Whitney, who is 19, was carrying her 22-year-old friend's ID when they were found. The girls looked enough alike so that, after the accident, each was mistaken for the other. Laura was buried in a funeral that honored her living friend. 1400 people showed up for the funeral of the wrong girl. Meanwhile, Laura's family stood by the nearly comatose Whitney, believing it to be Laura and blogging about the experience during the recovery.

3 Comments:

Blogger Jennifer said...

This story just about killed me. I can't imagine the layers of tragedy.

To reaffirm how easy the mixup was, get this. In our paper here, they ran a correction today. They had accidentally switched the names under the pictures of the girls.

9:07 AM  
Blogger Michael Farris said...

You know if this were a made for TV movie, no one would believe it.

Of course now it _will_ be a made for TV movie and everybody will have no choice but believe it.

11:49 AM  
Blogger Christopher Althouse said...

It could be a pretty cool movie.

12:11 PM  

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