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LDS missionary dies in Oklahoma

First Published Feb 04 2013 08:26 am • Last Updated Feb 04 2013 11:42 am

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

The Oklahoman reported (http://bit.ly/11GHz1b) Sunday that 22-year-old Alesa Smith, of Benton, Ark., was riding her bicycle Friday night when she was hit by a pickup truck.

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Nolan Taylor, an Oklahoma City-based official with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, says 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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