Man 'Killed' in Car Crash Stuns Family by Turning up at Home Alive and Well

An Ohio family beginning to grieve the death of a loved one in a collision on the interstate were given a welcome shock on Thursday—when they discovered he was in fact alive.

Elder Tomas Ocampomejia, 42, was reported killed by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, after a crash between two trucks at 3.40pm on Wednesday on a southbound stretch of Interstate 275 in Clermont County.

The morning after, however, while family members were trying to decide how to break the news to the man's 9-year-old son, Ocampomejia pulled up in the driveway.

Jasmin Ibarra, the 9-year-old's half-sister, told Fox 19 of her shock when she heard about the collision—and again when the supposed crash victim arrived at her home.

Ibarra said: "I just went outside running. I needed to see if he was dead or not […] and it was Elder.

"And I just opened the door and said, 'You know you're supposed to be dead,' and he just looked shocked and was like, 'You don't know what you're talking about.'"

Newsweek has contacted Ocampomejia, who lives in Cincinnati, for comment. He told Fox 19: "It was crazy. It was a long movie for me. It just feels like a movie."

The Ohio State Highway Patrol confirmed on Thursday that it had misidentified Ocampomejia, who was not involved in the I-275 collision. Newsweek has contacted the highway patrol for further comment.

One man was killed in the crash and his female passenger had to be airlifted to hospital with serious injuries, according to the Ohio authorities. The man was behind the wheel of a semi-truck that was reportedly rammed from the rear, throwing him from the vehicle. He died at the scene.

The other vehicle involved was a tractor-trailer driven by Jonathan Bennett, 26. Bennett reportedly survived the collision with minor injuries.

The investigation is continuing.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that approximately 38,680 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2020, a 7.2 percent rise from the previous year despite COVID lockdowns in many areas.

This bizarre incident is not the first time people have surprised friends and family by "returning from the dead."

In January, a Spanish pensioner who was thought to have died from the coronavirus shocked staff by returning to her care home nine days after she had apparently been buried.

A Portuguese man reported deceased by his local hospital was spotted alive in February, 18 days after his supposed funeral.

In April, a woman was found alive, five months after she vanished near a canyon in Utah.

Man ‘Killed’ in Car Crash
The crash on the I-275 in Clermont County involving two trucks resulted in one death Ohio State Highway Patrol