Sister Sadie D. Wells of Kaysville, Utah was killed when a school bus carrying 32 students crashed into the car she was riding in on Tuesday afternoon. Sister Wells was in the front passenger seat when the school bus ran a stop sign and hit the 2014 Chevy Cruze carrying four sister missionaries.
“Our hearts and prayers go out to the family of Sister Sadie Danielle Wells, 20, of the Kaysville Utah Stake, who died in a car accident this afternoon, February 9, in Monroe Township, PA. Sister Wells was serving in the Pennsylvania Pittsburg Mission since May 2015,” said Church spokeswoman Kristen Howey in a statement.
“Three other sister missionaries were also in the vehicle and are currently receiving medical care for non-life-threatening injuries. We pray for the injured sisters and for the families of all four sisters at this difficult time. We extend our sincerest sympathies to the Wells family for the loss of their daughter, and to other loved ones, friends, and fellow missionaries who were blessed by her friendship and example.”
Update: The Wells family released the following statement on Wednesday:
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our daughter and sister, Sadie Danielle Wells. We will miss her smile and vibrant, fun-loving personality. Our concern is for her mission companion and the other sister missionaries involved in the accident, and we pray for them and their families.
Sadie loved life and loved being a missionary. Her letters home were filled with her vibrant personality, love for the people of Pennsylvania, love of the gospel and love for her Savior, Jesus Christ.
We draw comfort from the belief that Sadie is with her Heavenly Father and that she continues the Lord’s work with the same vigor and enthusiasm that she did in life. Sadie ended each of her emails with the words of a favorite Primary song, “Have faith, have hope, live like his Son, help others on their way.” We ask all to pay tribute to Sadie by living their lives this way.”
The Wells Family