Guitarist in fight for life loses left leg below knee
Surgeons have removed the left leg just below the knee of a local guitarist who was run over by an unidentified truck last week.
To offer tips
Anyone with information on the driver of the 18-wheeler or box truck is asked to call Charleston police at 577-7434, Crime Stoppers at 554-1111 or Officer Matt Wojslawowicz at 965-4084.
More information on Nick A. Collins III’s progress is available at www.caringbridge.org/visit/nickcollins.
Nick A. Collins III, 26, was in a medically induced coma at Medical University Hospital, said his father, Nick Collins, a Mount Pleasant Planning Commission member and former town councilman.
“Nick had a rough long day today 8 hours of surgery. Good news for his right leg. Not so lucky for his left,” Collins said in a post on Facebook.
Charleston police said Collins was run over by an 18-wheeler. His father said a private investigator he hired said it was a 30- to 40-foot box truck.
The truck ran over the younger Collins’ pelvis and legs as a friend frantically pulled him away from the interstate. He had been ejected from a sport utility vehicle in the one-vehicle wreck at Interstate 526 and River Landing Drive.
On Facebook, his father said Collins’ left leg had too much damage to save.
“Now the docs are worried about his left thigh because it also is severely damaged,” Nick Collins wrote.
“If he can fight off any infection they will be able to save the rest of his legs. Rest tomorrow (Friday) and back into surgery Saturday for another look at his left leg and side.”
Collins said he is grateful for prayers and support.
“I know God has big plans for this young man. Please keep sending the prayers.”
His father appealed for the public’s help in identifying the truck driver.
His son is a member of the locally based band Fowler’s Mustache, which has more than 1,200 fans on its Facebook page.
In addition to being known for his work in the band and solo gigs, Collins worked with his father as an agent at Carolina One real estate.
The accident happened about 2:30 a.m. Aug. 3 when Collins and two friends were riding in an SUV that bounced off two retaining walls on I-526.
The wreck caused Collins, who was in the backseat, to be thrown from the vehicle onto the interstate’s eastbound lanes, police said.
The driver of the SUV suffered a few head injuries from the impact of the airbag, Collins said, while another passenger was uninjured.