Very saddening, particularly as he was busy doing what he felt was a benefit to
others.My deepest condolences to his friends and family.
It's so heartbreaking to see these things happen to our missionaries, but
fatal accidents unfortunately happen all the time. Slow down people. Reading
yesterday's article, one commenter made reference to the news there saying
Swedish police suspected the driver of, drograttfylleri. If my guttural Swedish
is accurate, it's driving under the influence of cannabis. If that is
in-fact the case, it's one more proof that this purportedly harmless drug
kills just as alcohol, meth and cocaine.
The role of a missionary is to bring "good news" to others.
Unfortunately in a more and more violent world, many do not want to hear the
good news. In many cases, there is a violent response to those who wish to
modify a fulfilling lifestyle.
Actually, Piper, "drograttfylleri" is driving under the influence of any
drug, not just cannabis. It even includes prescription drugs.
Sad news for the Missionary, his family, and the local congregation.And disappointing that DN didn't acknowledge that a reader first posted a
translation of an earlier VLT article yesterday. When reader input influences
reporting it should be recognized.
This sounds like a hate crime to me. The driver swerved into the missionary?
@Dibs - The original article in the Swedish paper said that both were in the
crosswalk. As they saw the car approach at high speed one ran forward to get
out of the road while the other, Bailey, ran back to get out of the crosswalk.
The car probably swerved to miss the one running to the left and as a result hit
the one running to the right.
Good grief, Dibs! The Elders each ran a different direction. The driver probably
should have continued ahead and missed both of them, but at great speeds,
whether under the influence or not, actions are simply reactions. He probably
saw the companion run one way, so he over-corrected in the other direction,
neither knowing nor seeing Elder Bailey until it was too late. It is
time for us to stop considering ourselves as victims. Sometimes, it's just
a horrible accident. I trust the Swedish police to follow through with a DUI
investigation, and to make the proper charges. A death like this is always a
tragedy. We can all hope and pray for the victims, including the young driver.
Condolences to the missionary's family. May His choicest blessings attend
you all and His peace be with you all at this difficult time.