K-State student dies in car crash


A K-State student died in a car accident this weekend. Amy Hopkins, senior in pre-medicine and biochemistry, died on impact in a car accident returning from a concert in Wichita on Friday. The driver, who apparently fell asleep at the wheel of the vehicle, is currently in a coma. His name has not been released.

Hopkins was recently awarded a Terry Johnson Undergraduate research award in biochemistry. She was researching proteins in John Tomich’s lab.

“Amy was an enthusiastic and motivated pre-med student interested in all aspects of biochemistry,” said John Tomich, professor of biochemistry. “She was a valued member of my research team working on a project involving the isolating and identification of secreted bacterial peptides. Amy was well-respected by her lab mates and will be missed.”

Amy also recently became engaged to Gene Collins, a med student at the University of Kansas. Collins described her as being the most giving person he has ever known.

“She was willing to give just about anything to anybody,” Collins said.

Funeral arrangements are being made for Friday.