BENTON (KTHV) - A young Benton woman was killed in Oklahoma while serving a mission with the Morman Church.
Alesa Smith, 22, graduated from Glen Rose High School. Her father, Douglas Smith, said that she died this past Friday after the driver of a pick-up truck hit her while she was walking her bike on the side of the road.
At her home on Monday night, THV 11 caught up with family looking at pictures of Smith. She played basketball and danced in high school. Later, during two years at Arkansas Tech, she helped foreign students practice English. She started her missionary work ten months ago, traveling around Oklahoma with a heart of gold.
"Well as her father I'm going to remember the service that she gave to others. She always loved helping other people and doing for other people, so to me she's an example of service to her fellow man," Douglas Smith said.
Her father also said his daughter wrote letters home each week about her missionary work. He recalled one experience where Smith wrote about a man who was verbally-abusive to his daughter as she and her companion passed by his home. He said that it bothered Smith so much that she went home, prayed over it and later left the man cookies on his doorstep.
As for the investigation into Smith's death, her father said that it appears to be an accident with the pick-up driver just not seeing Smith at the time. He also heard the accident happened just before dusk.
The visitation for Smith is set for Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Ashby Funeral Home in Benton. The funeral is planned for Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Otter Creek Stake Center in Little Rock.