By Josh Howald
The world is a little less fun place to be following a single vehicle crash that killed a popular 31-year-old Kincardine man.
William (Kert) Collins had an unmatched enthusiasm for life, an eagerness for adventure and a love of laughter. News of his death early Monday morning left those who knew him stunned and shaken.
Huron County OPP officers were still trying to piece together exactly what happened on Monday. Police said that they were notified of a crash at 5:22 a.m. Monday morning. They arrived on the scene within minutes, as did the Lucknow Fire Department and the Huron County EMS. Just south of Port Albert, between Sheppardton Line and Division Line beside Highway 21, they discovered a Suzuki Vatari resting on its roof in a field.
Collins, the sole occupant of the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene. A post-mortem examination was scheduled for Monday at London Health Sciences University Hospital.
Preliminary investigations indicated that the vehicle had been travelling north on Highway 21 (Bluewater Veterans Highway) when it left the east shoulder of the road. The vehicle proceeded to strike a culvert and a hydro pole, and ultimately rolled before coming to rest on its roof. Police said the crash happened at some point before 3 a.m.
Members of the West Region OPP Technical Traffic Collision Investigation (TTCI) team were on the scene as well to assist. Highway 21 was closed between Hawkins Road and Sheppardton Line for most of Monday, but has since been reopened.
Anybody with any information regarding the crash should contact the Huron OPP immediately at 1-888-310-1122 or 519-534-8314.
Collins, a graduate of Kincardine District Secondary School, leaves behind an abundance of stories and laughs to be shared. He excelled in the KDSS rugby program, and was a member of the 1999 Kincardine Miller Insurance midget hockey team, the first Kincardine team to ever win an OMHA All-Ontario title. He also had a love of beach volleyball.
An open invitation is being extended to help celebrate his life Friday at the Kincardine Legion Branch #183 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. A donation is not required, but if anybody felt the need to do so, the suggested recipients would be the Lions Club, for the Davidson Centre Splash Pad project, or the Kincardine Food Bank.