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Husband says he tried to take impact of wrong-way crash that killed wife

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(03/28/14) - It was a heartbreaking account of the night his wife, Mariah Bailey-Collins, was killed.

Bryan Collins was the final witness during a court hearing, Friday, for the teenager charged in the deadly, wrong-way crash. It was the first time we've heard from him.

"I was driving," Collins said. "Mariah was in the passenger seat."

Collins still wears his wedding ring and wiped away tears talking about what he remembers in the moments that followed Feb. 9.

Mariah's son was in the backset.

It was snowing and slick.

Collins was driving slow, northbound on US-23 in Genesee County's Mundy Township. He noticed headlights coming at their car.

"(I) swerved over to the right lane. I seen (sic) the vehicle follow so I swerved back over to the left lane," he said. "By then it was just too close. I had to find a way to save them, save Mariah and my stepson, so I went toward the wall by myself. I was hoping to hit the wall."

There wasn't enough time. Collins said the oncoming car struck on the passenger side and spun them. He doesn't remember much after that.

Mariah, the woman he married just days before, was killed.

Eighteen-year-old Zachary Parker was charged about a month later. He faces eight counts, including second-degree murder. Police and prosecutors have previously said Parker's blood alcohol content tested at more than twice the legal limit at the time of the crash.

Friday's hearing determines if there's enough evidence to send him to trial. Collins was one of six people called, by the prosecution, to testify.

Alexander Mann was the first witness. He said he was with Parker, and two other friends, at a Burton apartment, that Sunday night. Mann said he wasn't drinking, but the others were. No one in the group was old enough to legally drink alcohol.

Mann said Parker staggered on the way out and they asked him not to drive.

"He reached over, opened the door and at that moment was where everyone was asking him not to go," Mann said. "He was saying that he would be OK. It wasn't that long of a drive."

Mann said he was determined to go because he wanted to watch The Walking Dead, a TV show, with his girlfriend.

Three women testified they witnessed a car driving the wrong-way, either near the Grand Blanc Rd. exit ramp or on northbound US-23.

One more witness is expected. The hearing continues next week.

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