Alpena Man Killed in Presque Isle County Motorcycle Crash

PRESQUE ISLE COUNTY, MI – A 46-year-old Alpena man was killed on Saturday, May 22nd, 2016, in Presque Isle County, in a fatal motorcycle crash.

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Presque Isle County Sheriffs Office deputies responded to a two vehicle motorcycle crash on Saturday afternoon around 4:30 p.m.  The accident happened at the intersection of Black Mountain Road and County Line Road.

The Presque Isle County Sheriff’s Office has identified Paul Aikens, 46-years-old, of Alpena, as the victim.

Aikens is said to have lost control going around a curve and crashed into another motorcycle heading the opposite direction. After the crash he continued out of control and landed in a heavily wooded area.

Police said he was not wearing a helmet.

The other motorcycle was driven by a 59-year-old man and his 58-year-old wife.  They are both from West Bloomfield.  The female passenger received minor injuries.

Paul Aikens was taken to McLaren Hospital in Cheboygan where he was pronounced dead.

The accident remains under investigation.  Police believe that speed was a factor.

Presque Isle County, Cheboygan County, Department of Natural Resources, Onaway Ambulance and Alverno EMS assisted at the scene of the accident.


Paul David Aikens, 46-years-old, of Alpena, passed away Saturday, May 21st, 2016 as a result of a tragic motorcycle accident in Presque Isle County.

Paul was born in Charleston, South Carolina on May 24, 1969 to David and Dell Lynn (McDonnell) Aikens and married to the love of his life Melanie Ferrier on July 24, 1993.  Paul was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church.  He was an iconic Dad and Papa, living life to its fullest by taking every opportunity to share with those he loved.  He lived with passion whether time snowmobiling, shooting guns, playing games, or riding with his brothers and sisters.  He would jump at the chance to do anything that involved his family and friends.  Paul loved deeply and openly and will be missed by those that knew him.

Surviving are his wife and best friend, Melanie; 3 children, Cailey (Shane Wilkenson) Aikens, Abbey Aikens, Payton Aikens; his parents, Dave and Dell Lynn Aikens; 6 siblings, Mary Burns, Denise (Denny) Grulke, Karen (Dale) Haugen, Brian (Christine) Aikens, Julie (Gary McGlinchey) Ferguson, Gordon (JoAnn) Aikens; mother and father-in-law, Mel and Lynn Farrier; 2 sisters-in-law, Tina (Tommy) Wilson, Melissa (Al) Ferrier; grandparents, Chuck McKay, Frances Farrier and many others that he called his “adopted kids”.

Visitation will take place on Wednesday at the Bannan Funeral Home from 2 – 8 p.m. and will continue on Thursday at Trinity Episcopal Church from 10 a.m. until time of the funeral service at 11 a.m. with The Very Reverend William J. McClure, Jr. officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alpena Bikers Coalition.

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