Collins pleads not guilty
Prineville resident Justice Collins pleaded not guilty to manslaughter and DUII charges associated with a 2016 crash that killed a Madras man.
Collins, age 19, was indicted by a Deschutes County grand jury in late February and arrested in early March. He was booked into Deschutes County Jail, facing charges of second-degree manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and driving under the influence of intoxicants.
The charges stem from his involvement in a head-on car crash near Cline Falls in March 2016 that claimed the life of Madras man, Jason Franklin. The indictment states that Collins "did unlawfully and recklessly cause the death of" Franklin and that the offense resulted from Collins driving under the influence of intoxicants.
The crash prompting the charges occurred on March 31, 2016, on Cline Falls Highway west of Redmond near the bridge crossing the Deschutes River. Collins was driving eastbound when he crossed the center line of the highway and collided with a Chrysler van driven by Franklin. Collins was injured and hospitalized following the crash, but Franklin was pronounced dead at the scene.
Collins is scheduled to go to on trial on Dec. 5.