Michael Collins family statement on sentencing of DUI killer The family of Michael Collins, who was killed in a car accident in March in Bloomington, issued a statement Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, after driver Jamie Webb was sentenced to 14 years in prison for aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol.
From The Pantagraph:
BLOOMINGTON — The parents of Michael Collins delivered a message Thursday to the driver who was sentenced to 14 years in prison for killing their son in March in an alcohol-related car crash.
“Long after the sentence imposed is over, we will still be serving ours,” Kelly Collins told Jamie Webb, 37, of Bloomington, who was sentenced for aggravated driving under the influence. Webb’s car was traveling over 130 mph when it slammed into the car in which Collins was a passenger at the intersection of Main and Empire streets in Bloomington, according to police.
Over 80 people lined up for seats in the courtroom where Associate Judge Casey Costigan imposed the sentence after more than fours hours of testimony from friends and family of the victim and the driver.
Jim Collins told the judge he left his position as University High baseball coach after his son’s death left him unable to focus on his work. ….MORE
On March 28, 2014, 22-year-old Michael Collins spent the evening out with friends at a spring formal near campus – he was just weeks away from graduating with a degree in exercise science from Illinois State University.
In the early hours of March 29th, Michael and his friends were picked up by a designated driver and were on their way home, when a drunk driver ran a red light and struck the vehicle Michael was riding in. Michael sustained severe head trauma and was rushed into emergency brain surgery. After four days of fighting for his life, Michael succumbed to his injuries on April 2nd.
The drunk driver had a BAC of 0.1777 percent – more than twice the legal limit. She recently pled guilty to two counts of aggravated driving under the influence.
Michael was an active member of the Illinois State community and is remembered as a bright and witty friend by those who knew him. He was a natural leader with a propensity for doing the right thing. Michael also assisted his father, Jim, in coaching baseball at University High School.
Although his parents were not aware, Michael had signed up to be an organ donor and his organs and tissue went on to help as many as 200 people.
This past June, Michael’s friends and family formed at team at a Walk Like MADD event in Homer Glen, Illinois. The team called #MCstrong raised more than $4,500 for MADD Illinois.