ISU student dies after last weekend’s accident

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A memorial has been set up at the intersection of Empire and Main streets to honor the life of Michael Collins who passed away Wednesday evening.

Michael Collins, a senior exercise science major at Illinois State University, passed away on Wednesday night from injuries suffered early Saturday in a two-car crash in Bloomington.

Collins was pronounced dead at 9:05 p.m. on Wednesday at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, according to McLean County Coroner Beth Kimmerling.

Results from Collins’ autopsy were released Thursday. Kimmerling’s emailed statement said, “Preliminary findings indicate that this belted, front seat passenger, died from craniocerebral injuries as result of an automobile collision that occurred on Saturday, March 29.”

Jamie Webb, 37, allegedly ran a red light and struck the car Collins and three other females were riding in. She is currently being held at McLean County jail and is charged with felony drunk driving.

The Collins family is working with Gift of Hope for organ and tissue donation.  An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday after the donation process is complete.

“Our deepest sympathies go out to the Collins family,” President Dietz said in a campus wide e-mail. “It is in sad times like these that we come together as a Redbird family.”

Dietz continued by expressing that counseling services are available through our Student Counseling Services office to any student or faculty who would like to talk with someone. Their office can be contacted at 309-438-3655.

“Michael was a great student to have in class,” Dale Brown, professor of exercise physiology, said. “He always had a big smile on his face and had a way about him of raising the spirits of other students and teachers.”

Collins is a 2010 graduate of Normal West High School and then attended Heartland Community College before transferring to ISU. He played baseball at Heartland Community and coached at U-High.

Through the website GiveForward, donations are being made to help the Collins with medical expenses. The goal is set at $45,000 with just over $42,000 being donated thus far. If any person would like to donate they can visit

Details about funeral arrangements will be posted on the Division of Student Affairs website as soon as they become available.

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