DUCHESNE COUNTY, Utah (update) – The community is trying to come together to support a man killed in a car crash in November.

The victim has been identified as Joshua D. Mordecai, 43, of Vernal.

Friends and family of Joshua D. Mordecai, say he was the principal of Ballard Athenian eAcademy, a charter school in Roosevelt.

“Josh was an educator and had worked with underprivileged and at-risk kids. He cared deeply for his students, and often it seemed he was the only one who cared when no one else did,” stated the GoFundMe.

“He believed in these kids when others had given up on them, and he made them believe in themselves. Several of these formerly ‘hopeless’ kids had gone on to graduate high school, and even attend and graduate college. Several later contacted Josh to thank him, crediting him with their success and the faith they’d found in themselves- all because he had cared.”

You can read more about Mordecai in the GoFundMe page that was set up to help the family. He left behind a wife and four children and did not have a life insurance policy in place at the time of his death.

Mordecai died on November 6 after he swerved in front of a tractor-trailer and collided head-on. Mordecai was wearing a seatbelt but it broke and he was ejected. He died at the scene as a result of his injuries.


The driver of the tractor was not injured. 

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