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LDS missionary in Idaho car crash dies

LDS missionary in Idaho car crash dies

By The Associated Press, Brady McCombs. CREATED Sep 4, 2013

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A 19-year-old Mormon missionary from California has died three days after he was critically injured in a car crash in Idaho.

Hospital officials say Taylor Ward, of Vacaville, Calif., died Friday afternoon at Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello, Idaho.

Ward had been in critical condition on life support since Tuesday when a car he was a passenger in collided with a pickup truck in southeastern Idaho.

The driver of his car was another missionary from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 20-year-old John Floyd of Deep Run, N.C. He suffered minor injuries.

Mormon church spokesman Eric Hawkins says Ward is the 10th missionary to die this year. Ward and five others have died in accidents. Four others died from illness.
 

 

Original Story, 9/4/13:

Mormon missionary in critical condition in Idaho

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Hospital officials say a 19-year-old Mormon missionary is in very critical condition following a car crash in Idaho.

Idaho State police say Taylor Ward of Vacaville, Calif., and another missionary with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were in a two-car crash early Tuesday in southeastern Idaho.

Police say 20-year-old missionary John Floyd of Deep Run, N.C., was driving when he went through a stop sign in a sedan. The car collided with the passenger side of a pickup truck.

Ward was taken to Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello, Idaho, where he is on life support, said hospital spokeswoman Brenda Stanley. Floyd was injured but survived.

There have been at least five deaths this year of Mormon missionaries.

The 75,000 Mormon missionaries serving around the world are more than at any time in the church's history.