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Injured Brigham City coach a ‘selfless man of the community’

By Mark Shenefelt - | Jul 1, 2022
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The aftermath of a head-on crash Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in Brigham City.
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Jake Hanes and his family. Hanes, a Brigham City teacher, football coach and religious leader, was one of two men seriously injured in a head-on crash on Tuesday, June 28, 2022.
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Emergency workers extricate Jake Hanes from his vehicle after a head-on crash Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in Brigham City.
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Jake Hanes

BRIGHAM CITY — A Brigham city teacher, football coach and religious leader remains hospitalized in critical condition after a head-on collision this week, and police said Friday the crash is under investigation.

Jake Hanes, 31, who teaches at Adele C. Young Intermediate School, also is the offensive coordinator for the Box Elder High School football team and is the bishop of his Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ward, his older brother, Mike Hanes, said.

Jake Hanes is in a medically induced coma, his brother said, adding, “We’re not out of the woods yet.”

Friends, co-workers and parents of Hanes’s players took to social media to salute him and express their support for his family and his recovery.

Mike Hanes said his brother’s wife and other family members are grateful for “the outpouring of love” the family is receiving. “People are giving back,” he said.

“Jacob is just a charismatic, happy, happy-go-lucky guy,” his brother said. “He is an ultra-compassionate, giving, selfless man of the community. You can tell that just from his choice of profession and how he spends his free time, but it’s felt in his demeanor too.”

Jake Hanes has a wife and three children and is one of four brothers. Mike Hanes is stationed with the Air Force at Cheyenne, Wyoming, and said he drove to Brigham City right away. He said he’s been moved by the level of support his brother and family are receiving. “It makes me want to move to Brigham City,” he said.

On Tuesday, Jake Hanes was driving eastbound on 200 South at about 200 East when a westbound pickup truck driven by an Ogden man apparently drifted into the oncoming lanes, Brigham City Police Lt. Tony Ferderber said.

“The pickup was moving at high speed,” he said. “Both drivers were pinned and had to be extricated.”

Both men were seriously injured but were expected to survive, he said.

Ferderber said the Ogden man’s blood was drawn and police are looking into the possibility that he was impaired. “We’re pretty much still trying to figure out exactly what’s going on. It’s still preliminary,” he said.

Mike Hanes has started a GoFundMe page where people can help the family with medical expenses.

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