SALT LAKE CITY — A sister missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints died in an automobile accident Tuesday in Pennsylvania, church officials confirmed.
Sister Sadie Danielle Wells, 20, of Kaysville, was identified by the LDS Church as the woman killed. Three other sister missionaries suffered injuries that were not life-threatening.
"We pray for the injured sisters and for the families of all four sisters at this difficult time," LDS Church spokeswoman Kristen Howey said in a statement. "We extend our sincerest sympathies to the Wells family for the loss of their daughter, and to other loved ones, friends, and fellow missionaries who were blessed by her friendship and example.”
Wells was in the front passenger seat of a 2014 Chevrolet Cruz that was hit by a school bus that allegedly ran a stop sign, according to The Patriot News.
Two of the 32 students onboard suffered minor injuries in the crash, which occurred in Cumberland County, the newspaper reported. The driver of the bus was apparently not injured.
The three other sister missionaries were taken to Hershey Medical Center for treatment, The Patriot News reported. Wells died at the scene, the newspaper said.
The Wells family released the following statement Wednesday morning.
"We are deeply saddened by the loss of our daughter and sister, Sadie Danielle Wells. We will miss her smile and vibrant, fun-loving personality. Our concern is for her mission companion and the other sister missionaries involved in the accident, and we pray for them and their families.
"Sadie loved life and loved being a missionary. Her letters home were filled with her vibrant personality, love for the people of Pennsylvania, love of the gospel and love for her Savior, Jesus Christ.
"We draw comfort from the belief that Sadie is with her Heavenly Father and that she continues the Lord's work with the same vigor and enthusiasm that she did in life. Sadie ended each of her emails with the words of a favorite Primary song, 'Have faith, have hope, live like his Son, help others on their way.' We ask all to pay tribute to Sadie by living their lives this way."
Wells began serving in the Pennsylvania Pittsburg mission in May 2015, according to Howey.
— Ben Lockhart