Elk Ridge Middle School teacher hit, killed while jogging to school in South Jordan
Some students who were arriving at school early for seminary class witnessed the accident, Riesgraf said. Grief counselors were at the school Wednesday for any student, parent or faculty member who needed to talk to them.
Teachers were informed of the accident before school started.
"They didn't just get tears in their eyes. Some of them broke down," Urry said. "The day's been a little more subdued, but we're trying to keep them in their regular routines. We have grief counselors here talking to kids, teachers and parents that need it. We're doing OK."
Some students said their buses dropped them off at school from a different entrance Wednesday morning so they wouldn't see the accident. After first period, the principal got on the intercom to officially announce to the students what had happened.
"They just like, stopped breathing. It was like complete silence throughout the whole school," said one student.
By the afternoon, a makeshift memorial with signs and posters was established on the corner near where the accident happened. Many of Treglown's present and past students stopped by to share memories of their favorite teacher.
"He was an amazing teacher, very patient and kind to his students," one former student wrote on a comment board. "If you ever saw him outside of school or even outside of class at the school, he would go out of his way to say hello and (ask) how your day was going. When I left middle school and went to Bingham, I was on the swim team with his son. It was amazing how he was at every single meet supporting not just his son but the whole team!"
"Randy was my friend. I was his assistant basketball coach for a number of years while I taught at Elk Ridge. He was a great mentor to me. I am so sorry to hear of his death. He gave so much to the students and community of South Jordan," added Patrick Trent.
Many former basketball players who were coached by Treglown mourned him Wednesday.
"Coach Treglown molded me into a better person and taught me the fundamentals of the game that I am using to this day and will teach my own son as he grows. Coach Treglown has had a large impact on my life that I am so very thankful for," wrote "Nate."
"I played for Coach Treglown in 2001 and 2002. He was an extremely old-school, classy guy who taught me the game of basketball perfectly during practice and would stay after practice to shoot around and talk about all of life's difficulty and concerns. It was no surprise that Coach came to my wedding a couple years ago and gave a sincere smile and congratulations," wrote Chad Vigil.
Others talked about how Treglown would help shovel snow from neighbors' driveways in the winter, and another about how few people knew about his painting talents.
Other teachers covered Treglown's classes Wednesday. But Urry said there was no way to replace him. Treglown had been at the school since it opened.
"We'll never replace him and replace who he is. That's something that's going to be hard," Urry said. "He was just a neat, neat man who worked so hard to do a good job for the kids and a man you could always trust."
Wednesday's tragedy was the second in two weeks for the school. John Sheriff, 72, a longtime custodian and good friend of many of the faculty members, suffered a heart attack and died Nov. 17. He was retired but continued to go to the school to work a couple of hours each day.
On that day, Urry said Sheriff wasn't feeling well and decided to go home early. He was found a short time later slumped over the steering wheel of his car in the parking lot.
"He was just a wonderful, wonderful person," Urry said.
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