Mixed Up Victims

Students at Indiana's Taylor University are grieving for a friend they thought was alive -- but turns out to have died in an interstate crash.

Yet they're happy that a friend they thought was dead is really alive.

Eighteen-year-old Whitney Cerak survived in a coma, but she was misidentified as 22-year-old Laura VanRyn, who died in the crash.

The mistake was made public yesterday. It stunned the families of the two women.

The coroner is apologizing for the mix-up.

The women looked alike, with blonde hair and similar builds and facial features.

A friend of both of the women says she hopes the Ceraks' relief will help wash away some of her own sadness.


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