Friday, November 11, 2011

Fairfield missionary killed in Texas

2 killed and 1 injured in hit-and-run accident

Express Staff Writer

Derek Jason Walker

A 20-year-old Fairfield man was one of two Mormon missionaries riding bicycles who were killed when struck by a car Tuesday evening in south Texas.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints identified the missionaries as Derek Jason Walker and Trevor Reinhold Strong, 21, of Taylorsville, Utah.

Walker was a 2010 Camas County High School graduate and the son of Camas County Magistrate Court Judge Jason Walker, who often presides over cases in Blaine County.

A third missionary, identified by the church as Zachary Todd Harris, 19, of Huntsville, Ala., was injured in the accident but was treated and released at a hospital in Weslaco, Texas.

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, the three missionaries were struck by a hit-and-run driver around 7 p.m. in Donna, Texas. The driver, identified by Texas police as 32-year-old Jose Luis Garza Flores, a Mexican national, voluntarily surrendered to authorities on Wednesday. The paper reported that Garza Flores faces two possible felony counts of "failure to stop when involved in an accident involving injury or death."

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