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Sandy man charged with homicide in coach’s death
First Published Jul 03 2012 09:52 pm • Last Updated Oct 30 2012 11:31 pm

A Sandy man was charged with automobile homicide after he allegedly drove his SUV into a car that was stopped at a South Jordan stoplight, causing the car to burst into flames and killing a Cottonwood High School football coach.

In charges filed Tuesday, police wrote that Blake Timothy Molder, 23, was driving a Chevrolet Blazer north on Bangerter Highway at about 3 a.m. on June 23, when he drove into the back of Michael Gallegos’ car, which was stopped at a red light at 9800 South. The car caught fire, and witnesses were unable to help Gallegos, 39, an assistant football coach at Cottonwood High School. Gallegos died at the scene.

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Investigators found no skid marks behind the crash site and determined Molder did not brake as he approached Gallegos. They estimated Molder’s speed to be 95 mph; the speed limit in the area is 60 mph.

Molder said he had been driving from a bar, where he’d had three beers and a tequila; he also said he’d smoked marijuana earlier in the day, police wrote.

Molder was charged with second-degree felony automobile homicide, and red light violation and speeding, both misdemeanors.

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