ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A prospective missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was paralyzed in an officer-involved car accident in January and has not yet opened his mission call as a result.
Eli Ulibarri, 21, was driving his motorcycle southbound on Martin Luther King Street North around 7:40 p.m., Jan. 12, when Cpl. Joe Miner with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office pulled out of a business in an unmarked police car and began crossing the same street, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
As the officer began to cross the street, Eli Ulibarri hit the driver’s side of the police vehicle. He tried to avoid the collision and locked up his brakes, but he slid into the side of the car, police said.
Ulibarri was paralyzed from the chest down and broke his back in two areas. Both of his lungs collapsed, multiple ribs broke, and he had some brain damage, according to his mother, Carla Ulibarri.
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