A 21-year-old Ridgefielder was killed by a drunken driver Sunday morning while serving as a missionary in Argentina.Terribly sad news. My condolences to the family and friends.
Matthew Scott Turley was one of two pedestrians struck by a car in the city of San Luis.
The 27-year-old driver tested positive for alcohol, according to an Argentine press account.
San Luis is in central Argentina, about midway between Buenos Aires and Santiago, Chile.
Mr. Turley was on a temporary missionary assignment with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He and fellow Mormon missionary, Watts Tailor, 20, were said to be on their way to visit another member of the church when the accident occurred.
El Diario de la República, the local newspaper, said the car struck the two from behind after the driver lost control of the car and crossed a highway.
Mr. Turley died at the scene while Mr. Tailor was treated at a hospital for injuries that were described not life threatening.
The driver, Daniel Hipólito Martín, reportedly fled the scene, but was captured by police a short distance away.
The newspaper said he tested positive for alcohol in his blood.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and are being handled by the Kane Funeral Home in Ridgefield.
Monday, April 24, 2006
I just found the news story about a missionary death in Argentina. The story comes from The Ridgefield Press of Ridgefield, Connecticut.
Posted by Jeff Lindsay at 6:55 PM