LOGAN — A reserve police officer from Idaho, involved in a fiery crash last summer, has died from his injuries. William “Bill” Gray passed away Monday night at the University of Utah Hospital.
A Facebook post from the Rigby Police Department said, Gray lost his fight after battling to recover from severe burns over 46 percent of his body. It praised him as being a man of selfless service, kind, and dedicated to his family and community.
The post also described how Gray always had a story to make people laugh. It encouraged others to live by his example and brighten the lives of other. It concluded saying, Gray will be sorely missed on the watch.
On the afternoon of July 26, Gray was driving a semi-truck full of sand northbound on US-89/91. Near the mouth of Sardine Canyon, a southbound pickup truck swerved in front of him, striking the semi head-on. The impact of the crash caused an explosion, igniting both vehicles in flames.
Gray got out of his truck on fire and was extinguished by a Utah Highway Patrol trooper. Medical crews transported him to Logan Regional Hospital, where he was later air-lifted to the University of Utah Hospital burn center.
Moments before the crash, troopers had turned on their lights and sirens, pursuing the pickup truck, attempting to pull it over. It is believed the driver, 26-year-old Marcos Torres of Brigham City, purposefully swerved into the path of the semi to cause the crash. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
At the time of the crash, Gray’s family and friends set up a <a href=”https://www.gofundme.com/BillGray” target=”_blank”>GoFundMe</a> account to collect money for his medical expenses. It has raised more than $18,000. A donation account was set up at all Zion’s Bank locations.
Police handling of the investigation into the crash became controversial in early September, when attorneys for nurse Alex Wubbels released body camera footage of a Salt Lake City Police detective arresting her when she refused to let him draw blood from Gray, who was unconscious.
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