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Woman Killed, Rock Musician Injured In One-Car Accident

January 30, 1986

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) _ A former member of the Lynyrd Skynyrd rock group was hospitalized Thursday and faced reckless driving charges after a one-car accident that killed a passenger.

Allen Collins, 33, a guitarist in the Skynyrd band, was listed in serious condition Thursday at University Hospital.

A 31-year-old woman in Collins’ car died before arriving at the hospital after Wednesday’s accident in South Jacksonville, said Mike Kee, a police spokesman. Her name was being withheld until relatives are notified.

Police said Collins was driving a new Ford Thunderbird late Wednesday when the car went out of control.

The musician was charged with reckless driving and driving on a suspended and revoked license. Blood-alcohol tests had not been completed.

Collins’ driving license has been suspended ″numerous times″ and revoked permanently, said Kee.

Collins was one of six original members of Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1966.

On Oct. 20, 1977, leader singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines and his sister, back-up singer Cassie Gaines were killed in an airplane crash.

Collins and other group members survived that crash.

Two years later, Collins, Gary Rossington, Billy Powell and Leon Wilkeson, all founding members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, formed the Rossington-Collins Band, which broke up in 1982.

Collins, Powell and Wilkeson are now members of the Allen Collins Band.

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