Thursday, March 24, 2016

KSP Investigating Fatal ATV Collision in Perry County

A Perry County man died Wednesday night after the ATV he was driving collided with a tree.  Troopers with Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard were dispatched to Bark Camp Branch Road in the Delphia community after a call came in advising of the crash.  Perry County Ambulance Service and the Perry County Coroner’s Office also responded.

The initial investigation determined that Michael Akers, age 43 of Delphia, and a passenger were riding on a Polaris Xplorer 500 when the ATV dropped off the left edge of the pavement.  The passenger jumped off the ATV, before it traveled across the roadway and struck a tree.  Mr. Akers was pronounced deceased at the scene by Jimmy Maggard Jr. with the Perry County Coroner’s Office.  The passenger, 33 year-old Ronnie Shepherd of Cornettsville, received minor injuries.  He was treated at the scene, but was not transported to a medical facility.  Neither occupant was wearing protective head gear.

This incident remains under investigation by Trooper Matthew Gayheart with KSP Post 13.  Toxicology results are pending and no autopsy will be performed.