Rev. David Wilkerson Dies

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Rev. David Wilkerson, founding pastor of New York City's Times Square Church and author of the 1963 best-seller The Cross and the Switchblade, died Wednesday afternoon in a head-on traffic collision with an 18-wheeler in East Texas, local CBS station Kytx reports. He was 79. Also injured in the crash on the Neches River bridge was Wilkerson's wife, Gwendolyn Wilkerson, and another woman. A Texas Department of Public Safety representative said Wilkinson was not wearing a seatbelt. The pastor's death was confirmed by his family in a statement appearing on the Wilkerson's World Challenge Web site. "We appreciate your prayers and our hearts are sorrowful,
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