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Collins remains in jail as crash investigation continues



CAMP VERDE -- There is still a question mark hanging over Seth Collins. The 44-year old Collins is the pickup driver thought responsible for the SR260 crash involving a van with the Jeremy Hutchinson family, including pregnant Sabrina Champ.

The 4 p.m. Nov. 21, 2014 accident near the Yavapai County Justice facility involved a GMC pickup driven by Collins that crossed the centerline and struck Hutchinson's 2007 Chevy mini-van head-on according to police investigators.

The accident had dramatic consequences: closing the highway pending an investigation, diverting traffic to the dirt alternative old Highway 279, and calling up five helicopters to transport the injured.

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

The unborn child of Sabrina Champ and Jeremy Hutchinson later lost its life on Jan. 17.

During the past two months, Collins has appeared in court on two sets of charges, though there has been little action. Meanwhile, the defense has been advised that new charges are pending.

Currently, Collins has been charges with separate incidents of "drug paraphernalia violations" filed Feb. 20 and Apr. 29 while in jail.

In the wake of the accident, the Camp Verde Marshal's Office released details of a toxicology report on Collins blood. It showed a mix of amphetamine, methamphetamine, Oxazepam, Nordiazepam, Diazepam and Oxycodone.

Any additional charges now appear to be in the hands of the Yavapai County Attorney's Office. The Camp Verde Marshal's Office has been advised that the DA's office has received additional information about the case and will be reviewing it, but said it would likely be another two to three weeks before they have any additional information.

In the meantime, the Superior Court has set another case management conference for June 15 to review the separate charges for drug paraphernalia.

Collins remains held in the county jail.

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