Coroner identifies victim in fatal I-275 crash after person reportedly killed turned up alive

Published: Oct. 11, 2021 at 12:27 PM EDT
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CLERMONT COUNTY, Ohio (WXIX) - The victim has been identified in a Sept. 8 crash on I-275 after someone else was misidentified as the deceased.

Cesar Elias Lara Avila died in the crash near Milford Parkway, according to the Clermont County Coroner’s Office.

Avila was ejected from his vehicle after a semi hit him from behind. Avila died at the scene of the crash, the coroner’s office said.

The deceased was originally identified as 42-year-old Elder Tomas Ocampomejia by Ohio State Highway Patrol.

FOX19 NOW talked with his loved ones after they reached out to say he was not dead.

When Jasmin Ibarra and her family heard Ocampomejia was supposedly dead, they were stunned.

As it turned out, Ocampomejia was not even involved in the crash and was alive.

Ocampomejia pulled up in the driveway and Ibarra ran outside upon seeing him.

“I just went outside running,” Ibarra said. “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.’”

OSHP confirmed Ocampomejia was not involved in the crash but the victim actual victim was not identified until Oct. 11 through DNA records.

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