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Summarized by Kent Larsen

LDS Missionary Killed in Argentine Traffic Accident
Deseret News 10Apr00 N1
By Jennifer Toomer-Cook: Deseret News staff writer

LOGAN, UTAH -- An LDS missionary, Elder Eric Robert Driggs of Mesa, Arizona, was killed last week and his companion, Elder Jordan Lee Call of Logan, Utah was injured when the taxi in which they were riding collided with a truck. Elder Driggs died on Thursday and Elder Call was flown to Utah, where he is recovering from the injuries he sustained in the accident.

Police in Villa Angela, Argentina, a small city about 75 miles west of Resistencia and some 480 miles northwest of Buenos Aires, are still investigating the accident. Driggs had been serving in the mission for 10 months, while Call had started his service just 4 months earlier. They were both serving in the Argentina Resistencia Mission.

Elder Call has undergone surgery and is expected to be released from Cottonwood Hospital in a few days. "He seems to be in good spirits and that's important when you're talking about the recovery and rehabilitation following this type of procedure," said hospital spokesman Jess Gomez. Rehabilitation could take several months.

His bishop expects Elder Call to be able to return to the mission field after the rehabilitation, "He has done very well," said Bishop Brett Larsen of the North Logan 6th Ward. "The hope is he will finish serving his mission, but it's unknown if it will be to Argentina or where."


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