LDS missionary 'stable' following hit-and-run accident in San Antonio

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  • NightTrader Calgary AB, 00
    May 25, 2013 10:08 a.m.

    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 changing consequences.

  • AlexGomez2 Lindon, UT
    May 17, 2013 10:10 a.m.

    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.

  • morpunkt Glendora, CA
    May 16, 2013 4:07 a.m.

    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.

  • Gosh-DUH Burlington, CT
    May 15, 2013 5:11 p.m.

    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 precautions.

  • AndyCandy San Antonio, TX
    May 15, 2013 3:17 p.m.

    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.

  • happy2bhere clearfield, UT
    May 15, 2013 10:41 a.m.

    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 Mormon?

  • suzyk#1 Mount Pleasant, UT
    May 15, 2013 8:15 a.m.

    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 be).

  • washcomom Beaverton, OR
    May 14, 2013 2:32 p.m.

    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.

  • Gosh-DUH Burlington, CT
    May 14, 2013 12:34 p.m.

    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.

  • FT1/SS Virginia Beach, VA
    May 14, 2013 12:14 p.m.

    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.

  • twinb Brigham City, UT
    May 14, 2013 12:01 p.m.

    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!

  • KinCO Fort Collins, CO
    May 14, 2013 9:12 a.m.

    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.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    May 14, 2013 8:34 a.m.

    I wish him well. As an avid cyclist, this makes me mad at another level.

  • Gosh-DUH Burlington, CT
    May 14, 2013 7:39 a.m.

    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 missionary.

  • JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt Beverly Hills, CA
    May 14, 2013 12:39 a.m.

    I hope he has a speedy recovery and bright future.

  • Nosea Forest Grove, OR
    May 13, 2013 8:33 p.m.

    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 such.

  • Twin Lights Louisville, KY
    May 13, 2013 8:30 p.m.

    I hope he will recover and be well.