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Mormon missionary killed after truck hits her bike

By The Associated Press

This article was published February 4, 2013 at 7:05 a.m.

— An Arkansas woman serving a Mormon mission in Oklahoma has died after a pickup hit her bicycle, according to church officials.

The Oklahoman reported Sunday that 22-year-old Alesa Smith of Benton was riding her bicycle Friday night when she was hit by a pickup.

Nolan Taylor, an Oklahoma City-based official with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said Smith had been working in several cities throughout Oklahoma for the past 10 months.

Woodward police did not release details about the crash.

Serving on a mission is a rite of passage for many young Mormons, who serve at hundreds of missions throughout the world.

Taylor said Smith’s parents were making funeral arrangements.

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arkienanna says... February 4, 2013 at 11:38 a.m.

How very sad. Our prayers are with the family at this time of great loss.

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