ST. JOSEPH — The Office of Berrien County Prosecuting Attorney Michael J. Sepic announced on Tuesday, Aug. 20, that Dub Alan Collins, 54, of Buchanan, has been charged with the following criminal offenses:
• Four counts of Murder, 2nd Degree, a felony, life or any term of years;
• 4 counts of Operating While Intoxicated Causing Death, a felony, 15 year maximums;
• 1 count of Operating While Intoxicated Causing Serious Injury, a felony, 5 year maximum;
• 1 count of OWI 3rd Offense, a felony, 5 year maximum;
• 1 count of Operating While Suspended, 2d Offense, 1 year misdemeanor;
• 1 count Open Alcohol Container, 93 day misdemeanor.
At about noon on Friday, August 2, it is alleged Collins was driving a 2007 Ford Fusion on Miller Road westbound from Red Bud Trail at a high rate of speed and disregarded the stop sign at Miller Road and Main Street in Buchanan Township, north of the City of Buchanan. In a 2000 Honda Accord traveling southbound on Main Street with the right of way at Miller Road were driver, Robert Klint, 66 of Sawyer; front-seat passenger, Kent Williamson, 52, of Ruckersville, Virginia; and back-seat passengers, Melissa Klint, 60, and Landyn Klint, 22, both of Sawyer.
The Collins vehicle struck the Accord broadside on the driver’s side. All occupants of the Accord died at the scene. Collins and his wife, Heather, 38, also of Buchanan and a passenger in the front seat, were injured and taken to a South Bend Hospital.
Evidence at the scene suggests alcohol intoxication by Collins. A blood sample was seized from Collins pursuant to a search warrant at the hospital. Those results are not yet known. It is alleged Collins driver’s license was suspended at the time.
It is alleged that Collins’ intoxication, excessive speed, and disregard for a stop sign knowingly created a very high risk of death or great bodily harm knowing that death or such harm would be the likely result of his actions. Knowingly creating such a high risk is one of the intent elements of Murder in the 2nd Degree.
Collins is currently in the custody of the Michigan Department of Corrections and will be arraigned when he can be transported to Berrien County.