Local musician fights for his life after hit-and-run

Local musician fighting for life
Nick Collins (Source: nacwins.com)
Nick Collins (Source: nacwins.com)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - "It's a parent's nightmare. No one wants to get that call saying their child has been in an accident," said Nick Collins Jr.

On the early morning of August 3rd, Collins did receive that phone call.  His son Nick Collins III was thrown from a friend's SUV after the driver lost control, and was then ran over by a box truck, crushing the left side of his body from the pelvis down.

The driver of the truck never stopped.  It happened on I-526 near the Daniel Island exit.

"Police are still trying to figure out what happened, but they're treating it as a hit-and-run," said Collins.

Right now, Collins is under an induced coma.  His dad said he can not communicate with anyone yet, but he is improving since the accident. His lower left leg had to be amputated.  Doctors are hoping they can save the rest of his leg. Collins III lost 85 pints of blood the first two days after the accident.

"That's two and a half times the amount of blood in your body.  I've seen miracles through all this.  He's going to fight through this," said Collins about his son.

Collins is a member of a local band, Fowler's Mustache.  The 26-year-old Clemson graduate has played in the band for three years, and fellow band members say it's tough to see his condition go up and down.

"Every day is a different report.  Right now the band and Nick's friends are focused on his health.  We just want to see him on stage again," said Chris Richter, a member of Fowler's Mustache.

Collins III is scheduled for several more surgeries.  Doctors told his dad he will not see significant improvement for at least six months.   Friends and family organized a blood drive for Collins III on Tuesday at the Mt. Pleasant Holiday Inn.  Over 100 pints of blood were donated.  More fundraisers are on the way.

For more information on fundraisers scheduled in honor of Nick Collins III, check out www.NACwins.com.

Anyone with information about the accident, you're asked to call Charleston police.

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