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Man Who Gary Collins Hit in DUI Crash Dies

12/10/2007 2:32 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned that the elderly man who was hit by a car driven by a drunk Gary Collins has died.

Collins was arrested after plowing into a car driven by 89-year-old Warren Gates in October. Gates had been hospitalized since the accident, and sadly died 8:00 PM Friday.

Collins pleaded no contest last Thursday to DUI charges and was sentenced to 96 hours in jail.

No word yet on whether Collins will be hit with additional charges. Collins was, however, found not to be at fault for causing the accident. Collins' lawyer tells TMZ, "We are saddened to hear that the gentleman has passed away. This was an unfortunate accident. We are pleased that the police found that Mr. Collins was not at fault. We send our condolences to the family."



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1.

WhiteFox    

Nice one thanks the for the good info!!!!!!!

2420 days ago
2.

cuda    

This is such BS, he's drunk, hits someone the man dies and is in jail for 96 HOURS!!!! It just shows how much justice costs! If you have money then just BUY your way out of everything. HE STINKS and someday he'll have to answer to God and then he'll see what his money buys.

2444 days ago
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O Plz    

One guy is dead when the other who was driving under the influence walks away! Randy was right, if you want to kill someone and get away w/ it, hit them w/ your car. (Randy's an accident anyhow - he'd know!) In fact, that's a law in California - I swear to God it is.

2444 days ago
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Cynic    

Poor old guy.

Collins is screwed. I'm kinda sad for him too because I liked "Hangar 18". But there's no excuse for driving drunk. He deserves to be charged with manslaughter.

2479 days ago
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Buster    

Wow, 1st.

2479 days ago
6.

Buster    

damm

2479 days ago
7.

Mama    

Nail him! Collins, no matter how famous, is now infamous. Whether he does his measly 96 hours, the man now has to 'pay up' for a much bigger sin ... no time for celebrity justice. Nail him!

2479 days ago
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Sick of It All    

VOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER

2479 days ago
9.

ReneeNW    

So sad, and preventable. My thoughts and prayers are with the elderly man's family.

2479 days ago
10.

Whatever    

How sad, it sure makes that drink or shall I say drinks REALLY not worth it. Gary Old Fart Collins should of kept his ugly old butt at home and drank!

2479 days ago
11.

AttentionWhore    

So what he was 89, would've died soon either way, whether or not he was hit.

2479 days ago
12.

Lulu    

This is really tragic and I feel bad for Gary bc I also liked him very much. But, in life you have to pay for your mistakes. Most of us have all driven after drinking and let this be a lesson to each and everyone of us. I never want to be in Gary's shoes.

And, my thoughts and prayers go to the elderly man's family. This could have been avoided.

2479 days ago
13.

ME    

HIS DRUNK ASS SHOULD BE IN PRISON FOR MURDER. BUT, AS USUAL, CELEBRITIES (OR WHATEVER HE'S SUPPOSED TO BE) ARE NOT TREATED LIKE THE REST OF US. THAT TOWN IS A JOKE.

2479 days ago
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huh?    

Wow, #9, what an absolutely horrible thing to say. That wasn't even remotely funny. Shame on you. No one deserves to die that way, especially at 89 years old. He deserved a peaceful death.

2479 days ago
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Steph    

My thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Gates family and friends. What a horrible horrible thing to have happened all because this fool Collins wanted to drink.

Shame on you Gary! There's no excuse for driving drunk! You're an idiot! I hope you go to prison for a very long time!

2479 days ago
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