Georgia State Patrol Trooper John Hutcheson said William Daniel Akers, 25, had crashed the motorcycle he was on after Carroll County deputies, who had been in the area trying to serve an unrelated warrant, heard Akers’ motorcycle speeding up and down Holiday Drive around 11 p.m. and tried to stop the bike.
At some point while deputies attempted to pull over Akers, troopers said Akers lost control of the motorcycle and crashed into a fence.
Carroll County Fire and Rescue Deputy Chief Bud Benefield said Akers was ejected from the motorcycle and found in a ditch suffering from extensive trauma injuries. He was flown to Atlanta Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Troopers continue to investigate the crash.
Family and friends gathered at Almon Funeral Home in Carrollton for funeral services Monday. Akers was the owner of Akers Towing and Service.
Sister-in-law Ashley Akers said William Akers loved his family, was a devoted father and enjoyed working as a mechanic.
William Akers leaves behind his wife of seven years, Amy Jones Akers, and the couple’s two daughters, Anastasia, 3, and Delia, 6.
“He loved his girls very, very much,” she said. “He was a really great dad, and he loved spending time with his girls. He was so proud of his girls and his wife. They got married when he was 18, and no one else would have been more perfect for each other than those two. They loved each other so much.”
Ashley Akers said her brother-in-law enjoyed fixing things — including everything from the air conditioners to automobiles.
“He was a great mechanic,” she said. “Any time any of us had something go wrong, he would always come over and fix it. Just last week he fixed our air conditioner. Even if we had broken down in our car during the middle of the night, he would come and pick us up. He was a bit rough around the edges, but once you got to know him he was awesome. He was kind of a daredevil, but he was a really good guy.”
Ashley said Daniel Akers, who was typically always in a jovial and upbeat mood, will be sorely missed by his family and friends.
“He was always joking about something and was quick to make you laugh,” she said. “He loved his family and friends and would do anything he could for them. That was the type of person he was.”