Sister Vanessa Bentley, a 22-year-old missionary from Tucson, Ariz., serving in the New York Utica Mission, died Tuesday, Aug.30, in a two-car collision in upstate New York.
Sister Bentley's companion, Sister Natalie Love of Hemet, Calif., and the driver of the other vehicle involved in the accident, Nora McDonald of Madrid, N.Y., were also injured in the collision.
Church spokesman Scott Trotter said that Sister Bentley had been serving as a missionary for 13 months at the time of the accident.
"Our sympathy and prayers go out to all those affected by this accident," Brother Trotter said. "We pray that the Spirit of the Lord will bring comfort, peace and healing to all."
Vanessa Bentley is the fifth of Steve and Debbie Bentley's seven children and the third to serve an LDS mission; her two brothers both served missions in Ecuador.
Church News received news of Sister Bentley's death while on deadline. A more detailed report is planned for the issue of Sept. 10.