The Harvey County Sheriff’s Office responded to a fatal accident Saturday morning that caused closure of Interstate 135.  At 2:27 a.m. Saturday, a 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix driven by 27-year-old David Schultz was going northbound on I-135 when it veered off the roadway, striking a concrete bridge embankment — causing the vehicle to go airborne and strike the underside of a bridge at mile post 43.  A passenger in the vehicle, 23-year-old Amy Hopkins of Manhattan, was killed in the accident.  Schultz, of Wichita, was air lifted from the scene to St. Francis Hospital and is listed in critical condition.  The interstate was closed for about an hour because of the accident.  Sheriff T. Walton said the cause of the accident is still under investigation.  (The Newton Kansan, Newton Kansas.  October 25, 2011).

K-State Student Dies In 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. (The Collegian, Manhattan Kansas.  October 25, 2011).

Amy Susanna Hopkins, 23, of Shawnee, KS, passed away into the loving arms of our Lord on Saturday, October 22, 2011 from a car accident.   Amy was born March 11, 1988, in Kansas City, KS. She attended Shawnee Mission North High School where she was active in cheerleading and gymnastics. Amy had a true gift of sewing and doing upholstery. She was currently attending K-State University and working towards a degree in Bio-Chemistry. She was set to graduate in May of 2012. She is survived by her parents, Don and Cindy Hopkins, 2 brothers, Stephen and Weston, 2 sisters, Ashley and Michelle.  Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, October 27, at the Lenexa Baptist Church 15320 W. 87th St. Lenexa, KS 66219. Funeral Services will be 10:00 A.M. Friday, October 28, at the Lenexa Baptist Church followed by burial at Dearborn Community Cemetery, Dearborn, Missouri. (Porter Funeral Home, Lenexa Kansas.  October 26, 2011). 

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