William Gray, a truck driver from Idaho who was the patient a Utah nurse was trying to protect when an officer detained her for not allowing police to draw his blood, died on Monday, Sept. 25. He was 43 years old.
Gray was severely burned in a July 26 crash that involved a man fleeing from police driving his pickup truck into Gray’s semi-truck. The driver of the pickup, Marcos Torres, was pronounced dead at the scene, and Gray was eventually air-lifted to the University of Utah hospital with severe injuries. Gray had been hauling a load of sand in northern Utah
The Rigby, Idaho, Police Department, in which Gray served as a reserve officer, posted the news about Gray’s death on Facebook.
“He has been in a long, hard fight,” Rigby Police wrote. “Tonight, his body lost his fight. We would like to offer our condolences to his wife, April, and their loved ones.
“We say ‘body,’ because his spirit will live on with all of us. Bill was truly the best of mankind. Always willing to help, always willing to go the extra mile. Bill was a big man with a bigger heart. Everything about him was generous and kind.”
The news of Gray’s crash flooded the mainstream media after a video of an incident involving nurse Alex Wubbels and Salt Lake City police officers was released in early September. Wubbels refused to allow police to draw his blood because there was no warrant and Gray, who was unconscious, was unable to consent. Because of her refusal, she was detained by Det. Jeff Payne. Wubbels was never charged with a crime.
According to The Associated Press, an investigation is ongoing.
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