SALT LAKE CITY — On Sunday morning, 23 April 2006, Elder Matthew S. Turley of Ridgefield, Connecticut, was killed while walking on a path beside a street in San Luis, Argentina. Elder Turley was struck from behind by a drunk driver driving on the wrong side of the road.
His companion, Elder Tyler A. Watts of West Valley City, Utah, was also hit. Elder Watts was treated at a local hospital and released and is expected to make a full recovery.
The missionaries were on their way to meet a family that is preparing for baptism and accompany them to Church meetings. Local Church members assisted the missionaries following the accident.
San Luis is in the Argentina Mendoza Mission. Elder Turley had served for 21 months, Elder Watts for 17.
“We extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Elder Turley,” said Church spokesman Dale Bills. “We pray that the Lord will comfort them as they mourn his loss. Our prayers are also with Elder Watts and his family as he recovers from his injuries.”