University student dies in head-on collision Sunday

Published 3:00 am Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Troy students are mourning the death of a senior graphic design major killed this weekend in a head-on crash.

Kenneth Dewayne Collins Jr., 21 of Faunsdale, died after the 2013 Ford Fusion he was driving collided head-on with a 2005 Chrysler 300 driven by Eureka Edwards Ford, 39, of Newbern.

Collins was a senior graphic design major at Troy University. He died while on the way to the hospital. His passenger, Frankelle Tuihtre Hampton, 20, of Uniontown was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Ford was transported to DCH Regional Medical Center for treatment of her injuries.

The crash occurred on Alabama Highway 69 near the 120 mile marker, approximately one and a half miles south of Havana.

Nothing further is available as Alabama State Troopers investigate.

Reginald Waller Jr. a senior graphic design major form Tuscaloosa, remembers Collins as a creative, well-rounded person.

“I met him through a bunch of mutual friends, and we all lived in Alumni Hall,” Waller said. “We both were artists, graphic designers and we had a passion for creation and innovating.

“I remember him as a smart, well-rounded, passionate individual who also knew how to balance education and fun evenly.”

Isaac Jennings, a senior sport and fitness management major from Sylacauga, met Collins at IMPACT in the summer of 2012 and had been friends with him since their freshman year.

“As a person he was really down to earth,” Jennings said. “Pretty much laid-back.”

Jennings said that despite their busy schedule, Collins always made an effort to meet and catch up with him. He said that the thing he will remember the most about Collins is his smile.

“When we got up together, we always laughed and talked,” Jennings said. “It was always a good time.”

The Tropolitan contributed to this article.