Hallsville resident Bob J. Collins was killed in a single-car accident on Gans Road south of Columbia early Sunday morning. The accident was called in at 2:40 a.m. by an individual living in the area. The Boone County Sheriff's Department and the Columbia Fire Department responded at 2:50 and Collins was pronounced dead at the scene.
Collins worked as a systems administrator and information systems manager for the Columbia Missourian and owned Carpenter's Computers in Hallsville.
"There will be a big gap for us from the personal side of things," said John Meyer, a co-worker of Collins at the MU School of Journalism. "It's a big loss for us as far as our work goes because we relied heavily on Bob," he said.
No contributing circumstances leading to the accident were found, sheriff's department officials said. The vehicle ran off the road and hit a tree. Collins was not wearing a seatbelt and sustained extensive injuries from the crash, fire department officials said.