Patient at center of Utah nurse’s high-profile arrest dies
SALT LAKE CITY — Authorities say a hospital patient at the center of a disputed blood draw that led to a Utah nurse’s high-profile arrest has died.
University of Utah Health spokeswoman Suzanne Winchester confirms William Gray, a semi-truck driver and reserve police officer in Idaho, died late Monday night after a July crash left him with burns over nearly half his body.
Rigby, Idaho, police Chief Sam Tower says the department has been mourning since family members shared the news.
Gray was unconscious when Salt Lake City police detective Jeff Payne asked to draw his blood hours after the crash. After nurse Alex Wubbels refused under hospital policy, Payne handcuffed her and dragged her outside.
Dramatic video of the arrest caught widespread attention. Both Payne and his supervisor were placed on leave amid multiple investigations.