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By Kent Larsen

LDS Missionary Injured at Memorial Day Church Picnic

ROCHESTER, NEW YORK -- An LDS missionary was hit by a car at a Memorial Day Church event yesterday, confirmed the New York Rochester Mission office, and remains in the hospital recovering from his injuries. Elder Tyler Fordham of Colorado had been playing basketball with some of the kids attending the picnic when a mini van that had just backed out of a driveway hit him as he tried to cross a road and, according to eye witnesses, ran over him.

Elder Fordham has been taken to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, where doctors determined that he had suffered abrasions from being dragged on the ground and a broken toe. He will also undergo a CAT scan today to determine if he has other, internal injuries that haven't been detected in the hospital's external examinations. But as far as doctors can tell, Elder Fordham's injuries are not severe.

A report from ward member Christopher A. Young, who witnessed the incident, says that Elder Fordham is serving in the Rochester 4th branch of the Rochester Stake. Young says that the driver of the mini van backed up out of a driveway and pulled forward, leading Elder Fordham to believe he could continue across the street. But the van backed up a second time, hitting the Elder.

Young says he returned to the scene after calling for an ambulance and discovered that the van had left the scene of the accident, traveling another ten houses down the road, where it backed up into another house, literally hitting the building. While Young suspects that the driver may have been intoxicated, he says police he talked to didn't seem disposed to press charges, preferring to handle the incident as an accident.

Elder Fordham was well cared for immediately after the accident. Since he had been attending a Church function, he was soon surrounded by members who gave him first aid and a priesthood blessing, according to Young. An ambulance and police arrived within minutes and Elder Fordham was taken to the hospital.


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