Coach killed in crash on Bangerter

By Roxana Orellana

The Salt Lake Tribune

Published: June 23, 2012 05:37PM
Updated: September 11, 2012 11:38PM

A Salt Lake County man was killed early Saturday when his car was rear-ended by an alleged drunken driver.

South Jordan police said Michael Gallegos, 39, an assistant football coach at Cottonwood High School, was waiting at a red light in the northbound lane at 9800 South and Bangerter Highway just after 3 a.m. when a car traveling at a high rate of speed hit the back of his car.

Witnesses at the scene said Gallegos’ car caught fire within seconds and was fully engulfed when crews arrived.

Lt. Matt Evans said the victim was killed by the crash impact, not in the fire.

The driver of the second car, Blake Molder, 23, suffered minor injuries. He was treated and booked into Salt Lake County jail on suspicion of driving under the influence and automobile homicide.

Roxana Orellana