Sun Tran remembers fallen driver by keeping bus lights on

Justin Schecker

Sun Tran remembers fallen driver by keeping bus lights on

CREATED May. 31, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Sun Tran is remembering fallen driver and longtime employee John Akers by having its buses ride around with their headlights on today.

Akers, a father, grandfather and 39-year Sun Tran bus driver, was riding his bike to work in the early morning on Friday May 24 when a car struck and killed him in the intersection of Mission Avenue and Irvington Road.

The car drove away and left Akers, 64, to die.

Sun Tran bus driver Francisco Lopez knew Akers from many years of working together.

"He was getting close to retirement but he never made it, but I was very surprised when they told me, I didn't believe it," Lopez said, before pulling out of the Ronstadt Transit Center with his lights on this morning.

Pima County Sheriff's Deputies have identified two suspects after finding the car with the smashed windshield on the Northwest side.

A week later deputies still cannot figure out who is at fault as both suspects are blaming the other. If deputies cannot figure out who was behind the wheel, its possible neither will face charges.        

If and when deputies do pinpoint the driver, that person will face charges of 2nd degree murder and leaving the scene of a fatal accident. 

But today, you'll notice Sun Tran buses with their lights on as a tribute to their colleague who spend almost four decades working for the company.