I think the 'Hit & Run' aspect of this story tells it all. This
type of attitude is not a anything new, nor is it specific to certain areas, or
certain countries. Similar thing happened to me while I was on my mission in
France 45 years ago. I was walking with my companion, on the sidewalk in broad
daylight. The driver purposefully aimed at us, drove up onto the curb, clipped
me, and proceeded on his way. It may have been anti-American as much as
anti-mormon, but either way it was a criminal act that could have had life
Hopefully it wasn't a hate crime! There are so many crazy zealots who
despise the good works of our young missionaries. May Heavenly Father bless him
and his family in Utah.
For the rest of my life, I will always remember being cut off the road, by a
very big truck, while on my mission in Heidelberg, Germany. The driver was
signaling to me that we didn't belong there, and used his rig to force both
of us off the road. It was the scariest episode of my mission. Bicycling on
roads is flat out dangerous. I will pray for this fine young man.
Hi AndyCandy, the article only stated that the accident occurred at
night, so thank you for that additional detail of the time of the collision. as
noted previously, in Texas,pedestrians are to be walking facing traffic. from
the article: "According to the San Antonio Police Department report of the
event, Elder Garver’s bicycle had a flat tire, so he was pushing his bike
along the road’s gravel shoulder when a four-door passenger car hit the
missionary from behind." Seems pretty clear that the elders were walking
with traffic not facing traffic, so that the vehicle hit them from behind. Sad
situation. My concern is that other missionaries are not harmed in accidents if
prevention could prevent the accident and subsequent injury. as others have
stated, appropriate lights and reflective gear may have helped, if they were not
being used. Assume that drivers are blind and texting so take necessary
GOSH - DUH: It was approx 8:45pm. Dusk. They were near the medical district,
walking well off of the road. No one driving a car should have been there off
the road like that. They were walking in the correct direction as well.In Texas, at least in San Antonio, sidewalks are somewhat of a luxury as are
bike lanes. In my view you take your life in your own hands when riding a bike
in this town. We must pray for the Elder, his family and companion.
We must not loose site of those who did this and knowingly fled, and pray that
their hearts will be pricked, and come forward.
I wonder, as this was a hit and run, already a crime, would it be a hate crime
if it was shown that the driver targeted the missionaries because they were
It breaks my heart to read or hear of these senseless tragedies to our
missionaries. It just lets you know how bad Satan wants to get rid of or harm
them. The Lord's will was that this young man's life was
preserved(hopefully) and the other companion was not hurt. Thank goodness for
prayer and faith and knowing it is in the Lord's hand(the safest place to
In Oregon, the popularity of bicycling is huge. Reflective vests, helmets,
mirrors, blinking lights on the front and back, and even a reflective triangle
are many devices that people use to give themselves an extra added measure of
protection. Still, nothing beats safety than when people share the road
carefully. Best of luck to Elder Garver - and his companion. He's
also suffered some shock because of this.
thanks KinCo for asking for clarification. From the article is this statement by
the Mission President referencing what the companion did: [Elder Garver’s
companion is also “doing great,” Jones said. “Of course it was
a very difficult experience for him, but he handled it extremely well,”
Jones said. “He did all the right things the night of the accident and
he’s been doing great ever since.] As described in the article, the
accident took place in San Antonio Texas, not in Colorado: [Texas state law
prohibits pedestrians from walking/jogging with their backs to oncoming traffic
(on the right side of the roadway)--this is an accident waiting to happen.]
Agree with other comments about safety. Perhaps the DN could include details
regarding what type of roadway, what type of safety precautions the missionaries
were taking. Their lives are too valuable to lose one because they did not have
a $25 reflective vest or lights on their bicycles.
I don't like the thought of missionaries riding there bikes. Too dangerous
in my area. When they come to my house, I pick them up and take them back.
I too hope for a full and speedy recovery. In response to other comments...
sure we rarely heard of such incidents 30 yrs ago, but there are more
missionaries now and so statistically speaking, we will probably see more. I
know my sons (one of whom is still on his mission) have guidelines regarding
wearing reflective things as well as front lights. Hopefully these elders were
wearing them. I can only imagine getting such news about one of my
sons--something I hope I never do!
Gosh-DUH: The correct side of the road one should be walking on (with or against
traffic) depends on the laws of the particular state where the walking takes
place. Here in Colorado, one should walk with traffic, so your comment that they
were on the wrong side of the road may not be applicable in this case. Also, the
article does not say what type of road this was--if it was a busy 4 or 6-lane
road, it would have been pretty stupid to try crossing it to be on the
"correct" side--especially since they were riding bikes to begin with!
And I'm curious why you say "from reading this article, it appears the
missionaries were walking at night." Where does it say anything in this
article about the time of day? It doesn't. Let's not make assumptions
and be so quick to criticize these young men.
I wish him well. As an avid cyclist, this makes me mad at another level.
From reading this article, it appears the missionaries were walking at night,
with traffic. Wonder if they were wearing any reflective gear and/or had lights
on their bicycles. Pedestrians - they were walking, not riding, their bicycles,
should be facing traffic. Perhaps missionaries could use a reminder about basic
safety protocol and following the rules of the road. That said, a hit-and-run
driver needs to be brought to justice. Prayers for a full recovery of the
I hope he has a speedy recovery and bright future.
What should be a very rare occurrence, missionaries being hit while walking or
biking on the side of the road, seems to turning into a fairly common occurrence
lately (30 years ago we never heard of this happening). Especially with the
hit-and-run, it seems a bit too coincidental to be purely accident perhaps. If
it is deliberate, I hope a full retribution is coming to the fiends who would do
I hope he will recover and be well.