Jerry Collins : Former New Zealand rugby star killed in car crash

Jerry Collins : Former New Zealand rugby star killed in car crash

Jerry Collins has died with his partner Alana Madill in a car accident this afternoon.

Jerry Collins and partner Alana Madill died instantly in the incident in the south of France and their three-month-old baby, Ayla, is in a critical condition after being airlifted to a hospital in Montpellier.

Collins’ agent, Tim Castle, has been appointed as the family spokesperson.

“It is a tragedy. Both Jerry and has partner have been killed. Their three-month-old baby is very badly injured,” Castle said. “It is devastating news for his family and everybody. He was in the best space.

“The family and I are distraught at the death of a much-loved son, brother and friend, and his partner Alana, whom I got to know recently.

“I have been in touch with Jerry’s father Frank and other members of his family who are in Samoa at the moment. It’s obviously a terribly difficult time for them and together with New Zealand Rugby we are doing all we can to support them.

“I have also been in touch with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs who are also doing everything they can to ensure that baby Ayla is getting all the care and support she needs. I am very grateful for their support. “The family would also like to thank everyone for their messages of support and have asked for privacy at this time.”

The road accident occurred at 3.10am local time on the A9 in the French region of Herault.

According to a statement from French police, Collins’ partner was driving the car and he was in the back seat. It’s not yet known why she lost control of the vehicle but the car first drifted to the left side of the road, then hit the security railing and shifted to the right side before stopping sideways on the highway when it got hit by a tourist bus.