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Deputies: Motorcyclist Dies in Palm Harbor Accident After Fleeing

Daniel Lavoy Akins, 27, of Seffner, lost control of his motorcycle Sunday night on Belcher Road and was thrown from it. Deputies had tried to pull him over earlier for speeding, and alcohol may have been a factor, officials said.

A motorcyclist who died in a Belcher Road accident in Palm Harbor had fled from deputies who tried to pull him over for speeding, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office reports.

Daniel Lavoy Akins, 27, of Seffner, lost control of his 2005 Suzuki motorcycle around 11:13 p.m. Sunday on Belcher, just south of Grovewood Boulevard, as he tried to negotiate a curve, investigators said. Akins was thrown from the motorcycle.

Two citizens heard the crash and called for assistance. Akins was taken to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, where he died from his injuries just after midnight, a sheriff's office spokesperson said.

Akins had been seen speeding and weaving through traffic in Oldsmar earlier in the night while heading westbound to U.S. 19, the sheriff's office said. Akins fled from a patrol deputy who had attempted to stop him for speeding but did not pursue him.

Akins was last seen heading northbound on Belcher Road from the area of Nebraska Avenue "at a high rate of speed," a spokesperson said.

Investigators say the crash may be alcohol-related, and an autopsy and toxicology tests are scheduled.

The investigation continues.

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Charlie October 09, 2012 at 11:15 AM
So sorry, Denise, for your loss. Who knows what his frame of mind was in, on that fateful evening.
Jacque Mioff October 09, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Let's see....... and put this in the inverse. I live in Palm Harbor. Wouldn't anyone question what I was doing all the way in Seffner on a late Sunday night on my motorcycle while my kids were sleeping at home? Sometimes, we are just the product of the decisions we make.
Brittany Sherman October 09, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Some people should go fly kites. In the words of the man who was loved by many and will be missed every day- "but, it's not even windy." <3
MisterMan October 10, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Well maybe some of these guys will take heed and not drive these things like maniacs
Ken Donald October 16, 2012 at 05:36 PM
If you jump off a rooftop its not an accident when you hit the ground

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