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Local boy struck by vehicle

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Logan Collins remains on life support at UNM Hospital

By Carol A. Clark

A Los Alamos Middle School seventh grader on his way to basketball practice shortly before 6 p.m. Wednesday was struck by an oncoming vehicle.

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Logan Collins, 12, reportedly stepped off an Atomic City Transit bus that stopped in the far right lane and into the path of a Chevrolet Avalanche traveling in the same direction but in the left lane on San Ildefonso

Road at Hawk Drive.

Collins sustained massive head and other injuries and was transported to Los Alamos Medical Center, where he was immediately air lifted to the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, Lt. Chuck Ney said Wednesday night at the scene.

In the midst of various reports in the local community, the official statement from UNMH at the time this story went to press at 1 p.m. today was that Collins remained on life support and was undergoing brain scans.

Collins’ grandmother, Suzie Boulden of Los Alamos, spoke with the Monitor this morning and said the family lives in White Rock.

“Logan was born in Los Alamos and is the third of four children from my daughter Tonya and former son-in-law Floyd Collins who now lives in Hobbs. Jessica, 18, and Sophia, 15, go to Los Alamos High School and Taylor, 10, goes to Chamisa,” Boulden said.

She described Collins as “an athlete who loves basketball and soccer, with a brilliant mind who thought he’d design computer software.”

Her husband, Delbert Pederson, drove Collin’s mother and sisters to UNM hospital Wednesday evening, she said.

“Delbert and the girls came home about 4 a.m. this morning and Tonya and Floyd stayed a little longer and got home about 8 a.m.,” Boulden said.

Tonya works at Neptune and Company, she said. Floyd lived in Los Alamos many years and moved a couple of years ago to manage the Frank’s Supply branch in Hobbs.

“Two of our EMTs rode in the ambulance with the young boy. Everyone at the scene did an incredible job but sometimes a person’s injuries are just too severe,” LAFD Fire Chief Doug Tucker said this morning. “This is a terrible tragedy but I want to commend the way people in our community pulled together to help in any way they could last night. Police and firefighters worked so professionally in their duties and we even had a ranger from Bandelier assist with traffic control. A civilian,  Roslyn Vivolo, stopped immediately after the accident to help and stayed a long time with the four boys who were with Logan.”

The four boys also were on their way to basketball practice and Tucker explained that their coach, Marc Clay, was alerted and also came down to the scene from LAMS gymnasium to assist.

The Los Alamos Police Department is continuing its investigation and it is not known at this time whether the driver will be charged or ticketed, Ney said.

The driver is Rollin Tylerr Jones, reported to be a paramedic with the Santa Fe Fire Department who at one time worked for the Los Alamos Fire Department.

Los Alamos County spokesperson Julie Habiger issued the following statement this morning: “Like so many in our community, our hearts go out to the Collins family this morning regarding the accident involving their son, Logan. They are in our thoughts and prayers today.”

Habiger explained that providing safe passage for every rider on Atomic City Transit is the county’s top priority. This is the first time that this type of situation has occurred since Atomic City Transit began operations in February 2008, she said.

“We take public outreach efforts about bus safety seriously. We will continue to work with the local schools and parents on educating our children about bus safety,” Habiger said.

Friends of the Collins family are establishing a fund at Los Alamos National Bank to help with accident expenses.