Fri, May 24

UPDATE: Driver in November 260 crash arrested on drug charges

Seth Lawrence Collins

Seth Lawrence Collins

CAMP VERDE -- Just before 10 a.m. Wednesday, the Camp Verde Marshal's Office and PANT drug enforcement team arrested Seth Lawrence Collins of Cottonwood.

Collins, 44, was arrested on allegations of possession and sale of dangerous drugs and paraphernalia, according to a news release from the marshal's office. Collins also faces additional charges relating to drugs found in his possession when arrested Wednesday morning.

The charges, according to the marshal's office, stem from the Nov. 21 head-on collision on SR 260. The 4 p.m. Nov. 21 accident involved a GMC pickup driven by Collins that crossed the centerline and struck Jeremy Hutchinson's 2007 Chevy mini-van head on, according to the marshal's office.

Five of the seven occupants of the two vehicles were flown to trauma centers in Flagstaff and Phoenix.

It eventually turned deadly Jan. 17 when the unborn son of Sabrina Champ and Jeremy Hutchinson of Rimrock died as a result of the November crash, the marshal's office reported.

The Camp Verde Marshal's Office has now received results of toxicology tests on Collins at the time of the accident. It shows a brew of amphetamine, methamphetamine, Oxazepam, Nordiazepam, Diazepam, and Oxycodone.

Police also seized 9 grams of methamphetamine.

Collins had moved from Camp Verde to Cottonwood since the fatal wreck and was living in the Mountain View Apts off Mingus Avenue. But, he was arrested in the 2600 block of Village Drive in Verde Village.

Nearly 10 years earlier, Dec. 31, 2004, when he was 13 years old, Jeremy Hutchinson was in a three-car crash on AZ 260 that claimed the life of his father, William "Bill" Hutchinson, 55, who was senior pastor at Verde Baptist Church, as well as his brothers, Mathew, 27, and James, age 15. The collision also claimed the life Andrew Roeller, 19, of Cottonwood, who was driving another vehicle that was involved.

In October 2006, the third driver in that crash, 49-year-old Robin Lynn Robbins, pleaded guilty to four counts of second-degree murder with extreme indifference, aggravated assault, endangerment, DUI and other charges. The Camp Verde man was sentenced to 71.5 years in prison Nov. 17, 2006.