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LDS missionary from Utah recovering after being hit by truck

By Carole Mikita | Posted - May 13th, 2013 @ 5:20pm

SAN ANTONIO — An LDS Church missionary serving in the Texas San Antonio mission is recovering from injuries Monday after being struck from behind by a vehicle as he was walking with his bicycle.

“Elder Michael Garver, 19, from Tooele, Utah who has been serving in the Texas San Antonio Mission was struck by a vehicle while he and his companion were walking their bikes on the side of a road on 2 May 2013," Ruth Todd, spokesperson for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said.

"He was taken to a nearby medical center for emergency care. Elder Garver is recovering very well and our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Elder Garver’s companion was uninjured.”

According to the police report, a four-door passenger car, maroon in color, struck Graver from behind. He and bike flew into the air. Garver hit his head on the asphalt, causing serious head injuries an injuries to his back.

The driver fled the scene, never slowing down or attempting to stop. Garver's mission companion was behind him and witnessed the accident, though he was not injured.

Mission president Stephen E. Jones said Garver is in rehab now.

"He's approaching his recovery, I think, in the same way. I don't think he has any malice or hard feelings toward anyone. He's just working hard and anxious to be back doing missionary work," Jones said.

Carole Mikita

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