A 23-year-old Dalton, Ga., man died in a motorcycle crash in Tampa, Fla., early Sunday morning.
The memorial service for Joel Baxter Cooper will be Saturday.
Police said he ran a red light at a high rate of speed while on a 2002 Yamaha R6 motorcylce. He was traveling south on Dale Mabry Highway at 3:13 a.m. when he hit a Hyundai Sonata, then a concrete wall and then a tree.
Though he was wearing a helmet, he died at the scene.
Mr. Cooper was a graduate of Northwest Whitfield High School.
He is survived by his parents, Ken and Melanie Cooper of Dalton; brother, Jonathan Cooper, and his wife Ashley; sisters, Mallory Cooper and Isabelle Cooper; grandparents, Dan and Lynn Bruner; grandparents, DeWitt and Darien Cooper; nephew, Ethan Cooper; and other relatives.
The memorial service will be Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Church on the Hill with Rev. Eddie Taylor officiating.The family will receive friends at the Westside Chapel of Julian Peeples Funeral Home Friday from 6-9 p.m.
Julian Peeples Funeral Home, Westside Chapel, Rocky Face, is in charge of funeral arrangements.