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Driver accused of killing 2 Mormon missionaries arrested in Texas

SALT LAKE CITY — The driver in a Texas crash that killed two LDS missionaries from Utah and Idaho and injured a third turned himself in at the port of entry at Progresso, Texas, overnight.

The injured missionary from Alabama was hospitalized in critical condition but was released from the hospital Wednesday morning.

Trooper Johnny Hernandez says the driver faces a potential felony charge for failure to stop and render aid. He and two passengers allegedly fled the scene.

"As far as the passengers who were inside the vehicle, we're still going to question them," Hernandez said. "We have an idea who they are, so we'll investigate them, also."

"Especially when you cause a fatal accident like that — or injuries — you need to stay at the location," Hernandez said.

One of the missionaries involved in the accident died on scene, another died at the hospital, and the third was released from the hospital Wednesday morning, according to KRGV-TV in Texas.

The three were hit by a car while riding their bikes in Donna, Texas, around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Texas authorities say the missionaries were riding north on Midway South Street, which is not too far from a major highway, when a vehicle traveling the opposite direction hit all three head-on.

Exactly what happened in the collision remains under investigation.

As Texas authorities searched for the driver, many mourned the loss of the two missionaries killed in this crash. They are Trevor Reinhold Strong, 21, of Taylorsville, and Derek Jason Walker, 20, of Fairfield, Idaho.

Zachary Todd Harris, 19, of Huntsville, Ala., was released from the hospital Wednesday.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a statement Wednesday saying: "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the missionaries involved in this tragic incident. We pray that they will be comforted as they mourn the loss of their loved ones, who served others selflessly as missionaries."