Utah Mormon missionary was killed by speeding car, Swedish newspaper reports


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  • islandboy Honolulu, HI
    March 5, 2014 1:15 p.m.

    Condolences to the missionary's family. May His choicest blessings attend you all and His peace be with you all at this difficult time.

  • Kjirstin Youngberg Mapleton, UT
    March 5, 2014 1:15 p.m.

    Good grief, Dibs! The Elders each ran a different direction. The driver probably should have continued ahead and missed both of them, but at great speeds, whether under the influence or not, actions are simply reactions. He probably saw the companion run one way, so he over-corrected in the other direction, neither knowing nor seeing Elder Bailey until it was too late.

    It is time for us to stop considering ourselves as victims. Sometimes, it's just a horrible accident. I trust the Swedish police to follow through with a DUI investigation, and to make the proper charges. A death like this is always a tragedy. We can all hope and pray for the victims, including the young driver.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    March 5, 2014 1:11 p.m.

    @Dibs - The original article in the Swedish paper said that both were in the crosswalk. As they saw the car approach at high speed one ran forward to get out of the road while the other, Bailey, ran back to get out of the crosswalk. The car probably swerved to miss the one running to the left and as a result hit the one running to the right.

  • Dibs Alpine, UT
    March 5, 2014 9:07 a.m.

    This sounds like a hate crime to me. The driver swerved into the missionary?

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    March 5, 2014 8:59 a.m.

    Sad news for the Missionary, his family, and the local congregation.

    And disappointing that DN didn't acknowledge that a reader first posted a translation of an earlier VLT article yesterday. When reader input influences reporting it should be recognized.

  • Swedish reader Stockholm, Sweden
    March 5, 2014 7:57 a.m.

    Actually, Piper, "drograttfylleri" is driving under the influence of any drug, not just cannabis. It even includes prescription drugs.

  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    March 5, 2014 5:50 a.m.

    The role of a missionary is to bring "good news" to others. Unfortunately in a more and more violent world, many do not want to hear the good news. In many cases, there is a violent response to those who wish to modify a fulfilling lifestyle.

  • Piper Scio, OR
    March 4, 2014 9:23 p.m.

    It's so heartbreaking to see these things happen to our missionaries, but fatal accidents unfortunately happen all the time. Slow down people. Reading yesterday's article, one commenter made reference to the news there saying Swedish police suspected the driver of, drograttfylleri. If my guttural Swedish is accurate, it's driving under the influence of cannabis. If that is in-fact the case, it's one more proof that this purportedly harmless drug kills just as alcohol, meth and cocaine.

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    March 4, 2014 7:01 p.m.

    Very saddening, particularly as he was busy doing what he felt was a benefit to others.

    My deepest condolences to his friends and family.