News Item: Elder Miller in Coma
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Tuesday, April 17, 2001
Missionary critical after bike hit by car
WEST JORDAN — An LDS missionary was in critical condition Tuesday morning with severe head injuries after being hit while riding a bicycle Monday night.
The missionary was riding with a companion on the Old Bingham Highway near 8600 South when he was hit by a teenage driver turning left just after 10:30 p.m., said West Jordan Police Lt. Dan Gallagher.
The missionary, 21, was airlifted to LDS Hospital. He has multiple injuries including a severe head injury, hospital spokesman Jess Gomez said. His companion was not injured.
The area where he was hit has very little lighting, Gallagher said. Investigators do not believe alcohol was a factor. The investigation into the accident was continuing Tuesday, and possible charges against the driver were being considered.
Both police and the hospital said the missionary is from out of state.
Wednesday, April 18, 2001
Hurt missionary still critical
A missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints remained in critical condition Wednesday morning at LDS Hospital after being hit by a car while riding his bicycle.
Karl Miller, 21, was struck while riding home Sunday night with his companion near 8600 South and the Old Bingham Highway.
Miller remained in a coma Wednesday morning. He has multiple injuries including a severe head injury, hospital spokesman Jess Gomez said.
Miller is from Vergennes, Vt., but has several family members in Utah, including Dale and Marian Hansen, an aunt and uncle who live in Taylorsville.
The Hansens said Miller was scheduled to be released from his mission in two weeks. He then had plans to attend Brigham Young University on a music scholarship.
Family members said all they can do now is fast and pray for Miller to make a speedy recovery. "The more people who pray and fast on his behalf, the better it is," Marian Hansen said.
Miller is an athletic person with a never-give-up attitude, Hansen said. It should be no different in this case, she said.
"He's not a person who throws in the towel," Hansen said.
The accident was still being investigated Wednesday by West Jordan police. A teenage driver struck Miller while making a left turn. Investigators said the area where the accident occurred has very little lighting at night.
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