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Family, friends pay homage to local race car driver killed in crash

Race car driver remembered

LOWER NAZARETH TWP., Pa. - Hundreds of people gathered Saturday to say goodbye to a well-known drag racer from Lower Nazareth.

Lamont Akins, 48, was killed last Sunday when he lost control of his car during a race at the Maryland International Raceway.

On Saturday, more than 600 friends and family members paid their final respects as Akins was laid to rest.

Friends say Akins started racing and building cars back in 1986, and loved every minute of it.

His son, Thomas Rollins Akins, said, "When he was racing I was always proud of him. I just loved to see him race. And I always had fun going there and watching him race.

Akins' friend Charles Wynn said, "His legacy would be just to stand behind almost everyone, and whatever they do he'll just uplift you. He's such a fun-loving guy, it's amazing that we lost him in such a tragic accident."

Another longtime friend, Darrin Robinson, said, "Lamont did anything he could for everybody. He would go out of his way to help anybody. If he had two dollars in his pocket, he'd be willing to give that to a total stranger.

Akins leaves behind a wife and two children.

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