Car crash in Ukraine kills 1, injures 2 missionaries


A woman was killed and two LDS missionaries were injured in a car accident in Ukraine Nov. 16, said Cody Craynor, spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The two missionaries were riding in a taxi with a recent convert when the taxi driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed. The Ukrainian church member, Maria Ivashchenko, later died of injuries sustained in the crash.

One of the missionaries,  Sister Jeannette Fuhriman, from California, was a BYU student before she began serving in the  Ukraine Dnepropetrovsk Mission. She sustained multiple injuries in the car accident and is being treated in a local hospital.

Her companion, Sister Cassandra Mellor, from Nevada, was treated at a local hospital and released.

“Church leaders have reached out to the families of those involved to express their love and support,” Craynor said.

Both missionaries are expected to recover fully from all their injuries. Local Church authorities are working with the missionaries, their medical health providers and their families.

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