The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

February 4, 2013

UPDATE: Missionary killed by truck hitting her bike

By Robert Barron, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

WOODWARD, Okla. — A missionary killed riding her bicycle in Woodward was the victim of an tragic accident, said Woodward police.

“It was very unfortunate. We don’t anticipate any charges,” said Woodward Detective Lt. Chuck Wheeler.

Alesa Smith, 22 of Benton, Ark was riding her bicycle in Woodward Friday when she was struck by a pickup, driven by Dexton Grunewald, according to Wheeler. He said Smith and a female companion were riding bicycles on Hank’s Trail between 22nd and 34th Streets in Woodward. They had walked their bikes uphill eastbound and had just gotten on them again. Grunewald was also traveling east and met another vehicle westbound. Grunewald was blinded by the headlights of the other vehicle and did not see Smith. Smith and her companion were riding single file with Smith in the rear.

Smith’s parents are making funeral arrangements. Serving on a mission trip is a rite of passage for many young Mormons, who serve at hundreds of missions throughout the world.