Court to review ruling on incorrect death report

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

PHOENIX (AP) -- The Arizona Supreme Court will review a lower court's decision that a family can sue the state for negligence after being incorrectly told by state police that a young woman had died in a car accident.

The Supreme Court said Tuesday it will review the Court of Appeals' ruling last May that revived a lawsuit filed by Maria and Jose Guerra and their daughter April .

The suit stemmed from the 2010 mix-up that led officers to tell the parents that the then-19-year-old had been killed.

It was actually one of April's friends who was killed in the accident. Her parents stood vigil for days at a Phoenix hospital where she was being treated before learning they had been watching over Guerra and that their own daughter was dead.
 

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