Truck Driver Charged in Fatal Arizona Motorcycle Crash

3 Phoenix Arizona Motorcycle riders mowed down and killed After Being Rear Ended in a Horrible Crash.

Motorcycles on the ground after horrible motorcycle accident in Arizona

The dump truck driver responsible for the deaths of four motorcyclists in a horrendous rear ender crash in Arizona has been arrested after toxicology results found methamphetamine was in his system on the day of the crash.

46-year-old Michael Jakscht is being charged with 4 counts of manslaughter, 5 counts of aggravated assault, and 7 counts of endangerment. He is being booked into the Maricopa County Jail.

Phoenix Police say that Jakscht was driving the truck that plowed through a group of eight motorcycles stopped at a red light at Carefree Hwy and 27th Ave back on March 25.

Three men caught under the truck and dragged were killed almost instantly. They were 67-year-old Clyde R. Nachand, 35-year-old Daniel L. Butler, and 52-year-old Stephen Punch. A female driver, 47-year-old Dayle Veronica Downs-Totonchi, died the next day from her injuries.

Phoenix Fire Captain Ernie Lizarraga was also one of the several victims seriously injured.

Officers arrested Jakscht Tuesday in the area of Highland and State Route 51.

Jakscht was being watched at his residence in Scottsdale. The surveillance team saw him leave and he was stopped by officers who observed impaired driving behavior.

Jakscht has been under surveillance ever since the fatal crash, as police waited for toxicology test results. The test results were completed in record time and illegal drugs — methamphetamine — were found present in Jakscht’s system, according to police.

Crime lab tests usually take between 4 to 6 weeks, but police made this test a priority and it was completed in two.

There are possible charges pending for impaired driving.

The accident is still under investigation.

I cannot believe that Arizona waited so long to arrest this guy.

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12 Responses to Truck Driver Charged in Fatal Arizona Motorcycle Crash
  1. walt martin
    April 9, 2010 | 2:24 am

    Better late than never. Throw the book at him. Give him some time. Put him in the general population and the boys will take care of him. I’m just saying………………….

  2. Sandie [Member]
    April 9, 2010 | 4:54 am

    Norm this kind of reminds me on how the State of Florida waited to arrest Billy Lane after he plowed into Gerry Morelock and killed him. It was more than two weeks after the accident. I guess maybe AZ was doing like Florida and putting their ducks in order!! I am glad AZ rushed the tox tests and now he is in jail where he belongs. I hope they did everything right. There was problems with how Lane’s blood tests were handled. Hence, the plea deal. I can only imagine how high the bail will be. This man is a flight risk!!

  3. Anonymous
    April 9, 2010 | 6:26 am

    He is finished.

  4. Gary
    April 9, 2010 | 6:55 am

    Those that Michael Jakscht killed will never get to enjoy the things of life again like Jakscht will. The only real justice is for Jakscht to suffer the same fate, maybe administered old wild west style.

  5. Sandie [Member]
    April 10, 2010 | 2:13 am

    I had to laugh when I read Gary’s comment. It is not a bad idea but it would be a step back in time!! I doubt if anyone really wants to go there. Prison works for me.

  6. Jesse
    April 11, 2010 | 2:49 pm

    I agree of what Sandie’s comment.

  7. Landscape Trailer
    April 17, 2010 | 3:47 am

    I hope this case will be investigated soon and he deserve punishment.

  8. Anonymous
    April 17, 2010 | 11:06 pm

    Your blog is growing outrageously. A link to this article was posted (22) and quoted (25)(me) on Tampa Sport bikes here: I know you recently had to upgrade memory or bandwidth. I wouldn’t be surprised if this isn’t the biggest/ most popular biker blog PERIOD not to mention bikerlaw blog. Did you ever expect it to be this popular? How long has it been online?

  9. Sandie [Member]
    April 19, 2010 | 3:49 am

    It is a fun blog!! Besides, Norm keeps it clean and comments are always respectful!! While Norm was on the Yuma Prison Run, I was watching the movie 3:10 to YUMA!!!! Sounds to me like Norm had more fun!! By the way, Norm we are still waiting on the Wedding Pictures. I do recall you saying you would be putting some up for us!!

  10. driver indir
    May 9, 2010 | 8:36 am

    I read this post via the twitter feed. It was interesting to see both sides of the what will be an ongoing story.

  11. Norman Gregory Fernandez
    April 18, 2010 | 1:56 pm

    Sorry for not responding sooner Ed. I rode to the Yuma Prison Run on Friday, just got back. It was a great time. Ya I know it is growing beyond control, and I know it gets quoted. I had no clue when I started this thing it would get so popular. It has been online since I think 2006-2007?


  12. joe
    August 1, 2010 | 4:56 pm

    This is just bs good people n riders lose there live because of some p.o.s that can’t watch what the hell he’s doing! fishing for papers? that’s why they have parking lots dumb azz, you killed people cause of your papers. i ride and that’s my worst fear is to be kill from behind like that. i hope you never get to drive again, lose everything and spend the rest of your sorry live in jail that’s where you belong dirtbag!!!!!!!!!!! joe

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