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Sister missionary, 65, killed in California crash

May 19, 2024, 7:43 PM | Updated: May 21, 2024, 11:28 am

Elder Paul Hardin and Sister Mary Hardin, missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day...

Elder Paul Hardin and Sister Mary Hardin, missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, were involved in a vehicle crash Saturday night, while serving in the Fresno California Mission. Sister Hardin died from injuries sustained in the crash. (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

(The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

SALT LAKE CITY The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Sunday evening a sister missionary died following a vehicle crash Saturday night in California.

According to a news release from the Church, Sister Mary Hardin was traveling with her husband, Elder Paul Hardin, in Fresno County, California. The vehicle they were traveling in was stopped at a red light when a pickup truck struck their vehicle at a high rate of speed.

Church spokesperson Sam Penrod said local authorities have stated the crash was caused by an impaired driver.

Sister Hardin, 65, died at the scene from injuries sustained in the crash. Elder Hardin suffered critical injuries and later died from his injuries.

The Hardins are from San Antonio, Texas, and had been serving in the California Fresno Mission since January.

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Sister missionary, 65, killed in California crash