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Family & co-workers still mourning hit and run death of Sun Tran driver

Loved ones assembled this makeshift memorial Thursday night at the scene of the wreck.

Family & co-workers still mourning hit and run death of Sun Tran driver

By Maggie Vespa. CREATED May 31, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - More than a week after his violent death, family and friends of a longtime Sun Tran bus driver  are preparing to say their final goodbyes this weekend.

Meanwhile, a cloud of mystery hangs over the violent hit and run that took his life.

The wreck took place at the intersection of Irvington and Mission in the early morning hours of Thursday, May 23rd.
 
Akers was riding his bike to work.  Loved ones tells us, he did it every day.
 
They still have a hard time believing they won't see their father, their grandfather or their friend again.
 
His makeshift memorial sits undisturbed, more than a week after it was put in place by a grieving family.
 
"He's always been a great dad to us," said his daughter.
 
Friday night the candles, flags and flowers are not the only signs that John Akers is missed.
 
"He just enjoyed what he did," said one driver.
 
Also grieving is his second, Sun Tran family.
 
"He's going to be dearly missed. Most of the senior drivers that knew him are still in shock," said Tony Acuno.
 
Friday, Sun Tran paid tribute to its fallen driver.
 
Buses drove with their lights on, in honor of Akers.
 
He worked for the company for almost 40 years.
 
"He enjoyed driving a bus.  He enjoyed everything about it," said one friend.
 
Family tells us, Akers was just one year away from retirement.
 
That plan was cut short by a reckless driver, a person who has yet to fess up.
 
"Everybody here is just wondering 'wow what's going to happen?'  Is it going to go unpunished?  Is his death for naught?'"
 
Authorities say they are working around the clock.
 
Whoever was behind the wheel faces charges of 2nd degree murder and leaving the scene of a fatal accident.
 
Loved ones say, justice can't come fast enough.
 
"It makes you realize how valuable someone's life can be," said one friend.
 
9OYS obtained preliminary autopsy reports, showing Akers died of multiple blunt force injuries throughout his body.
 
His funeral is set for Saturday morning in Sierra Vista.