DUI crash victim pronounced dead

By WEEK Producer

DUI crash victim pronounced dead

April 2, 2014 Updated Apr 2, 2014 at 10:24 PM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- A man from Normal is dead following an alleged drunk driving crash.

Michael Collins, 22, was pronounced dead at 9:05 p.m. by Mclean County Coroner Beth Kimmerling.

His family is working with the Gift of Hope for organ and tissue donation.

An autopsy is tentatively scheduled for Thursday.

Collins and three others were injured after their car was hit by an alleged drunk driver early Saturday morning.

Jamie Webb, 37, allegedly hit their car after she ran a red light at the intersection of Main Street and Empire Street in Bloomington. She is charged with Aggravated DUI.

A close family friend said Collins did the right thing late Friday night by calling for a ride after attending a spring formal.

Unfortunately he and others are paying the consequences for someone else's mistake.

Friends of Michael Collins said he has a unique way of making people smile.

"Michael changed everybody that he met, lively person with a lot of energy,” said Chris Hawkins, Collins’ former teacher and coach.

While his smile isn't there to get them through, the family's faith is helping.

"He's also a very faithful young man and brought others to faith and he's leaving a legacy behind,” Hawkins said.

Collins is a 2010 graduate of Normal West High School. He then attended Heartland Community College and is a current student at Illinois State University.

He loves baseball, playing through his time at Heartland and coaching with his dad now at U-High.

Hawkins said this is an unfortunate lesson that everyone can learn from.

"One way or the other, Michael's life is going to cause other lives to be extended and for others to think twice before they get behind the wheel,” said Chris Hawkins. “Michael did what was right, but unfortunately we can't defend from others who aren't doing what was right."

News 25 spoke with the McLean County State's Attorney on the phone earlier. He said he will continue to work with investigators on the case and review the charges against Jamie Webb.

Two women who were also in the car are expected to recover. The condition of a fourth person is unknown.

A website has been set up to help the Collins family with medical expenses. To donate, click on the link above.

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