LDS missionaries killed in hit-and-run accident


According to a KSL news story, two LDS missionaries died and a third was injured in a hit-and-run accident on Tuesday night in Donna, Texas.

Trevor Strong, 21, from Taylorsville, Derek Walker, 20, from Fairfield, Idaho, and Zachary Harris, 19, from Huntsville, Ala., were biking around 7:30 p.m. and were hit head-on by a vehicle coming in the opposite direction.

Harris was the only one to survive the crash, and exactly what happened in the collision remains under investigation.

All three missionaries were wearing helmets at the time of the crash, according to reporter Marissa Wingate with KRGV-TV in Texas.

The driver was unknown until he came forward this morning and turned himself in.

According to reporters Andrew Adams and Shara Park for KSL news, Trooper Johnny Hernandez says the driver faces a felony charge for failure to stop and render aid. He and two passengers fled the scene.

“As far as the passengers who were inside the vehicle, we’re still going to question them,” Hernandez said. “We have an idea who they are, so we’ll investigate them also.”

One of the missionaries involved in the accident died on scene, another died at the hospital, and the third was released from the hospital Wednesday morning, according to reporter Melissa Correa with KRGV-TV in Texas.

The LDS Church released a statement Tuesday.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the missionaries involved in this tragic incident. We pray that they will be comforted as they mourn the loss of their loved ones, who served others selflessly as missionaries.”

According to KSL, Walker had been serving in the McAllen, Texas, mission for a little more than a year. His father said Walker loved being a missionary. He also said he and his wife are thinking of the Strong family in Taylorsville.

“Our hearts sure go out to them, and to Elder Harris who survived and who we still hope the best for,” Jason Walker said.

Lowell Caldwell, bishop of one of the missionaries, Trevor Strong, said Strong was an asset to the community.

“I have known Trevor his whole life,” Lowell said. “Trevor was a very outstanding young man. He loved life, he was always busy; always doing something. He had a lot of friends, and was somewhat soft-spoken. He was always willing to help and serve other people. He died doing that, and I think that’s a testimony to his willingness to serve and endure.”

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