LDS missionary was hit by a car 6 months ago and is slowly recovering

Creed Leonard and his fellow missionary were both hit by a car on the night of November 30, 2022 while crossing a street at a crosswalk.

(Marla Leonard-Waggoner) Marla Leonard-Waggoner and her son, Creed Waggoner, who was injured while on a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Boston.

ST. GEORGE • Creed Leonard, the 20-year-old missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who was critically injured in a traffic accident in the Boston area last fall, continues to make progress in his recovery.

Undated photo of Creed Leonard, who has been serving in the Massachusetts Boston Mission (Spanish-speaking) since May 2022 | Photo courtesy of Chad Waggoner, St. George News

As previously reported, on the night of November 30, 2022, Creed and his mission companion were both hit by a car while crossing a street at a crosswalk. Though his companion’s injuries were less severe, Creed suffered a traumatic brain injury and has since undergone multiple surgeries and months of rehabilitation therapy.

Last week, on May 3, a little over five months after the life-changing incident, Creed was released from Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and taken to his family’s new residence in the Boston suburb of North Attleboro.

“Even though it’s a new home, it’s his home,” said Chad Waggoner, Creed’s father.

“It’s wonderful to have him at home,” added Creed’s mother, Marla Leonard-Wagoner.

This article is published by the Utah News Collaborative, a partnership of Utah news organizations whose goal is to educate readers across the state

Justin Scaccy

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