Stephen M. Collins, 19, an airman first class in the Air Force and a 1976 graduate of Wheaton High School, was killed Thursday when the car in which he was a passenger ran off a road near Spokane, Wash., and turned over several times.
Washington State Police said the driver of the car, Joel Winchester, suffered bruises and abrasions in the accident, in which both occupants were thrown from the vehicle.
Airman Collins was born in the District of Columbia and grew up in Silver Sping. Prior to his enlistment in the Air Force about a year ago, he was a counsellor for the Metropolitan Police Boys Club and was active in sports in the Catholic Youth Organization at St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church in Wheaton.
He was a member ofthe Air Force security police, stationed at Spokane, at the time of death.
Survivors include his parents, Joan C. and John P. Collins III, of the home in Silver Spring; four brothers, Jack, who is in the Navy and stationed at Pensacola, Fla., and Jim, Joe and Paul, all of the home; two sisters, Maria and Elizabeth Ann, also of the home, and two grandmothers, Ann L. Bergen and Ruby M. Collins, both of Rockville.