Wycliffe Bible Translators Exec Killed In Car Accident
On Sunday, a car struck and killed Wycliffe Bible Translators senior vice president Forrest Flaniken while he was riding his bicycle in Avalon Park, Florida. Flaniken, who had worked with Wycliffe for almost 22 years, was 53.
"Forrest was a great champion for Wycliffe and a tireless advocate for the millions of people around the world who await God's Word in their heart language," said Wycliffe USA president Bob Creson.
According to a statement released by the Pinkston Group, Flaniken had served in various office at Wycliffe over the course of his career, most recently as senior vice president, chief financial officer for Wycliffe USA, and chairman of the board of the Wycliffe Foundation. He also previously served as Wycliffe's controller, chief financial officer, and vice president of operations.
Local news sources in Orlando are reporting that the driver, 18-year-old Anthony Moffa, may have been high on synthetic marijuana at the time of the accident. He has been charged with DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide.