Teen goes on first Missionary Mission and Dies in Bicycle Accident
Elder Andrew Page was an 18 year old young man. He had just graduated from Independence High and was excited to start fulfilling his life’s calling to serve a two year mission for the Mormon church which was near Los Angeles.
Elder’s family and his friends were heartbroken to hear that just two months into his first mission, while he was on his bicycle was hit by a car and tragically died.
The Police report said that His tragic death was a complete accident. Elder didn’t look for oncoming traffic while he was making a turn. Just shortly after 10 p.m. Elderly sadly died in the hospital. Even though Elder was wearing a helmet, he died due to his injuries, which included head trauma.
Saturday Elder’s mother, Maggie described her son as a peaceful, faith-filled and humorous teen. He graduated at the top 20 of his class and was also a boy scout. He loved playing the tenor saxophone.
Elder’s friend, Trevor Jackson, who he grew up with and played the saxophone together in the Independence marching band…said that “Every single person who knew him loved him, and he was the funniest guy ever.”
Trevor also said that " I know it sounds corny, and a lot of people say this, but he was like a brother to me." Trevor is also 18 years old and attends Brigham Young University.
Maggie Page said that she does not want anyone to blame themselves for Elder’s death. As she was was choking up on the phone she also said that " she wouldn’t want anyone to fee like they have to live with that." She thinks that is where Elder is supposed to be and sometimes things happen like this and no one has the answers why.
Maggie admired her son, calling him a “source of strength” for her and his three older sisters, especially after her husband died three and a half years ago.
Maggie calls her son a blessing
He’s been such a blessing to our family, and it will be a struggle to heal the hole in my heart, but I know… this life is so temporary, and we do have eternity to look forward to
The president of the Charlotte North Carolina Central Stake in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Bryan Baker said that Maggie’s son was a “fine young man.” He also said that Elder was a person that people liked to be around. He knows Elder was excited about the opportunity to serve.
After committing to two years of service in California, Elder had wanted to attend Brigham Young University. Elder’s funeral is planned for 11 a.m. next Saturday at the Charlotte North Carolina Central Stake on Rocky River Road.
Daniel A. Gibalevich
DAG Law Firm