Phoenix Crash Victims Remembered

March 29, 2010

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There was a commemorative ride yesterday for the motorcyclists who were killed by a moron in a dump truck last Thursday in Phoenix.

The moron is 46-year-old Michael J. Jakscht. The four motorcyclists who died when he ran over them at a stop light have been identified as Clyde R. Nachand (pictured above), Stephen Punch, Daniel L. Butler and Dayle Veronica Downs-Totonchi. A fifth victim, Ernie Lizarraga, is still listed as being in critical condition. A sixth victim is listed in serious condition. Two of the survivors were treated and released. A ninth motorcyclist walked away from the crash with minor injuries.

The ride yesterday raised a reported $10,000. The money will be donated to the survivors of the four dead riders.

Ride Gone Bad

A small pack of eight motorcycles carrying nine people was stopped at a red light behind an SUV and a pickup truck at the intersection of 27th Avenue and Carefree Highway near I-17 when Jakscht ran over all of them, crashed into the SUV and rammed it and three other vehicles into the intersection. It was about one o’clock in the afternoon and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. The truck belongs to a hauling company named Blue Sky Sanitation.

The collision was so violent that one rider was knocked out of his boots. Witnesses said the truck continued for 50 to 75 yards after the initial impact. After the collision the SUV and the dump truck caught fire. Multiple motorcycles trapped under the truck caught fire. Phoenix Fire Deputy Chief Frank Salomon called it “a horrific scene.” Naschund, Punch; and Butler died before they could be airlifted. Downs-Totonchi died at to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix on Friday.

All of the victims were members of a very informal motorcycle club called Krusers. Krusers organized short, long and overnight rides for people who wanted to get in the wind and make new friends. All of the victims were impeccably good citizens. Nachand was a retired Navy Commander. Lizarraga is a Phoenix Fire Captain.

Police said the crash was caused by Jakscht’s “failure to control speed” but he was not cited. The Arizona Republic reported today that Jakscht was last ticketed for speeding two weeks ago and that he does not have a criminal record.

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43 Responses to “Phoenix Crash Victims Remembered”

  1. Rock Says:

    WTF, how do you run over eight motorcycles and a suv and kill four people and not even get a ticket? Someone needs to be fired over this idiot not even being cited for something . . . failure to control . . . speeding . . . reckless driving . . . failure to yield . . . murder . . I know there were just motorcycle riders but shit!

  2. chainsaw Says:

    If 2 kids had burned up in the back of the SUV I wonder if they would have ticketed him then?

    My condolences to the families and friends.

  3. not surprised Says:

    Rebel, just to add the following:

    Blue Sky Sanitation, LLC is a for hire carrier and as such operates under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s rules and regulations. In the past 24 months, Blue Sky has failed at least one D.O.T roadside vehicle safety check to the extent the unit was placed “out of service”, which means it had to be towed to an authorized repair shop and re-inspected before it could be driven on the highway again.

    In the event of a fatality involving any vehicle under the FMCSA, a total 100% inspection, up on racks with a fine-tooth comb; in a garage by Federal mechanics will be done on the unit. The driver’s paper work, his records with the company, his total 10 year driving history- all will come under criminal investigation. Federal DOT is mandated by law to investigate each fatality involving a person driving a for-hire vehicle reuiring a CDL license.

    AZ Troopers know this and opted to let the Feds issue any citations. In cases like this, though state and/or locla authorities may be first responders, they know the final say is with the feds on accidents like these.

    If the driver was required to fill out a DOT log sheet, all of these for 6 months prior will be (likley already have been) taken by the Feds.

    Long story short: this guy will never drive profesionally again and will more than likley serve time……..

  4. DUKE Says:

    My condolences to the families of the fallen and injured.
    To Jakscht; Fuck you.

  5. Goldsboro Williams Says:


    How do you pronounce “Jak – Scht”?

  6. Bud Says:

    Not cited???
    The dumb cops that were on scene should be prosecuted as well as Jack-Shit.

    Condolences to family and friends.


  7. DocB Says:

    In any CDL involved accident case where any victim requires hospitalization, or if a fatality occors the drivers are required to
    be tested for substance usage.
    If I killed four people with my motorcycle…………… well you get the idea


  8. sled tramp Says:

    Condolences to the families.Had a similar situation south of me last year,lost a couple at an intersection waiting for a light and got reared by a woman playing with the radio. At 50mph coming into a light/stop.Driver not arrested.Story I got on the AZ driver was he was shuffling paperwork.

  9. Snow Says:

    The driver should be charged with mass murder, Jack-Shit, a good name for him… I knew Stephen “Steve” Punch from Lockport, La. a good man who ran his own business and loved to ride. My condolences to all the families involved and especially to Steves family for your losses…..

  10. TigGirl Says:

    My heart goes out to their families and friends.


  11. Jabba Says:

    >> Long story short: this guy will never drive profesionally again and will more than likley serve time

    Whatever he serves, if he serves it, won’t turn back the clock for anybody. Won’t give anybody back to their families.

    Deepest condolences to all the loved ones left behind.


  12. Square Verbose Doc Says:

    One of the news accounts indeed has a shocked truck driver admitting to a bystander that he was shuffling papers when it happened. How anyone could think that’s OK to do while driving is completely beyond my comprehension. Harsh penalties are surely in order, but a bigger question is how to prevent these things before they happen. Penalties may help, but are of limited impact, since people who text, read, make cell phone calls etc. while driving do so in part because they are still in the adolescent mindset that bad things only happen to other people.

    Deepest condolences to friends and family of the deceased, and a speedy recovery to the injured.


  13. RVN69 Says:

    You sure hit the nail on the head, can’t count the number of times someone on a cellphone has run me off the road then when you make eye contact they just smile and shrug their shoulders as if “oh well” Don’t have a clue how you change the attitude people have that their need to use their cell phone or read the paper while driving outweighs your right to safety.
    My most sincere condolences to the family and friends of those who lost their lives in this needless tragedy.
    Jabba is right, no matter what happens to the driver, what he did cannot be undone.
    Respect to all that have earned it.
    Si vis Pacem, Parabellum.

  14. Beowulf Says:

    Shuffling papers is NOT an excuse! There is NO fucking excuse. He did what he did, and regardless he needs to pay. What cost do you put on 4 lives? I am so tired of reading these stories about bikers getting run down. Fuck, make an example of this guy already. It won’t bring them back, but, it will send a message. My deepest sympathy to the families and friends.

  15. YYZ Skinhead Says:

    What I’ve said all along: Bikers’ lives aren’t considered worth anything in most courts. Bikers have families (genetic and fraternal) who love them, but the courts don’t care about them either. Had these truckers and SUV drivers killed pedestrians and gotten away with it there would be outrage everywhere.

    YYZ Skinhead

  16. DirtyBruin Says:

    4 counts of negligent homicide – more, if the folks still in hospital don’t make it.

    He was negligent and directly caused the deaths of 4 people and injured more; how more cut and dried could this be?

    I understand the issue of investigating CDL accidents – but after that’s done, this bozo needs to be charged for the deaths, in addition to whatever other charges they come up with.

    My condolences to the family and friends of the fallen, and my most sincere wishes for recovery to those still in hospital.

  17. Ann Cliff Says:

    I too am outraged this moron has not been charged. I was at the scene of the accident within 5 minutes of it happening and tried to help the lost souls but it was too late. After the police & EMS arrived, I ended up standing next to the moron when he told myself and a Walgreens employee he saw the red light, bent down to pick up paperwork and the next thing he knew he was driving over bikes & bodies. He showed no remorse and was NOT in shock. I had to walk away from him to avoid punching him in the face. I don’t know what was so important about his paperwork but he went back into the burning cab to retrieve it before it completely burst into flames. This guy is bad news and I hope he burns in hell for the pain he has caused the victims, their families, friends and the innocent people who happened upon the horrific scene.

  18. YYZ Skinhead Says:

    Ann Cliff,

    The more I read about this “accident”, the more I want to punch that murderer in the face with you, and kick his empty head in with my steel toes.

    YYZ Skinhead

  19. JAMES Says:

    What an uncalled for incident, my heart goes out to all the families of the killed or injured, I used to drive a dump truck years ago and never did I fumble with anything especially in traffic, this person showed no common sense whatsoever and I don’t expect he will walk away from this without something being charged against him, I do see a lot of liability cases over this in the future and him( the driver ) being held accountable, very sad this is, JAMES

  20. Nimrod9 Says:

    If JackShit was shuffling papers he must have believed it was O.K and routine to shuffle papers-intersection or not. This is the product of the NEW ATTENTION SPAN, which, amazingly is even shorter than the TELEVISIONARY ATTENTION SPAN; now the span is so momentary that people believe they are capable of texting while driving, dialing while driving, talking while driving, eating while driving, etc. I know it might not be the thing to say right now, but we all have to remember that we are invisible, and not just from the front or the side. I was rear ended once, 25 years ago, waiting to make a left, and was lucky enough that there was a gap in oncoming-traffic at the moment I landed in the oncoming-lane. Now I don’t slow or stop without pumping the brakes for a strobe effect and don’t take my eyes off the rear-view until there is a rig parked behind me. These precautions wouldn’t have saved my ass with JackShit at the helm in the meteor behind me, but if you aren’t doing this yet, then start.. its math.

  21. Oilslick Says:

    Jackshit was arrested Tuesday afternoon April 6th on suspicion of driving under the influence of methamphetamine. Also charged with four counts of manslaughter, five counts of aggravated assault and seven counts of endangerment.

    This fuckwit has a history of driving vehicles not fit to be driven going back to 1998 according to some newspaper articles. The citations were always suspended or dismissed. He was an accident waiting to happen not only with unsafe vehicles, but now it seems that meth may be a factor as well. That shithead had no business behind the wheel of such a heavy vehicle.

    The charges will not bring those who perished back, some justice, if there is such a thing, should be served.

    Condolences to the families and riding partners of those whose lives this person cut short.


  22. Ryanracer Says:

    Illegal drugs have now tested positive at the time of the accident….Yet he will only get charged with manslaughter? Yet if he was drunk it would be vehicular homicide? What gives?

  23. Bud Says:


    Hopefully this asshole will not only get whats due him but also be made an example of. Inexcuseable on all levels. I still find it appalling and negligent on the cops that were on scene not to have issued any citations or even take jackshit into custody then and there! In any traffic accident involving a rear-end situation, unless it can be corraborated with witnesses that the driver had no time to react because the people that were rearended actually pulled out in front him with no room for evasive action, HES AT LEAST CITED ! This isnt even close to that, and even have a witness on scene claiming that Jackshit leaned over to shuffle paperwork at the time of the crash( via conversation ).

    At any point since the accident jackshit could have skipped town and disappeared knowing what he faces. Jackshit will get whats coming but all responsible need to be held accountable, that means you johnny law!


  24. Not Surprised Says:

    He was placed on 24 hour surveillance until the blood test cane back..

  25. Hlywd Marc Says:

    My Respects to those riders and their families.

  26. Stan C. Says:

    R.I.P. to these victims, but let’s take a moment to mention all the METH-ADDICTED outlaw bikers who terrorize the public with their loud pipes, belligerent riding and general scummy behavior. The total body count from those people is a bit higher than this singular tragedy. Just adding balance to the one-sided commentary where everything comes down to “idiot cagers” vs. cooler-than-thou bikers.

  27. Oilslick Says:

    Stan C.,
    “Terrorize the public with their loud pipes, belligerent riding and general scummy behavior”.

    Since when is terror defined by the noise level of pipes and your opinion of riding skills or behavior for that matter. The terror lies in the shallowness of your thoughts on a subculture you know nothing about. Go ahead and keep watching “Gangland” so you can learn more about “outlaw bikers”. Your bowling team is next.

    Actually you’ll probably find that your “body count” theory is off target and the title goes to “idiot cagers” that are not paying attention to the task at hand…DRIVING!

    The only “cooler-than-thou bikers” out there are the RUB’s that you just gave some justification to with your words. You made them “cool” by proclaiming it. Most of those that read these pages don’t ride “to be considered cool”. We could really give a rats ass if you believe it to be cool or not. I’d rather people like you not think it cool……keeps the attention down.

    Now I think I’ll go get my fix before I ride off to do my daily terrorizing……all in a days work for me!


  28. Grumbler Says:

    Stan C – you’re a scatological fool, a complete ignoramus. A lice infested bad breath broadcaster. Monkeys look down on you, and laugh. You’re a waste of flesh, utterly ridiculous, obnoxious, and a horrendous dog-sniffing chicken brain. You are a moronically impaired corpse of living emptiness, a meaningless dung heap. You are an intolerably hazardous disease, you puerile, one-handed, slack-jawed, drooling meat slapper.

  29. sled tramp Says:

    Stan C.,
    What Grumbler said.
    Don’t be shy now…let us know how you TRULY feel.
    Outstanding response.On the nail.

  30. Rebel Says:

    Dear Grumbler and Oilslick,

    I believe Stan C. is an outlaw biker authority.


  31. Rashomon Says:

    Grumbler .. don’t forget carbuncle on the backside of humanity and pimple on the prick of progress.

    And Stan – just in case you missed it, thie site is called aging rebel not caging rebel … we like loud pipes … they save lives.

  32. Rock Says:



  33. Rock Says:

    Not the host . . . Stan C.
    As if ya’ll couldn’t figure that out.


  34. DocB Says:

    Hey Stan
    Well….. oh yeah……
    well my dick’s bigger than yours

  35. Rock Says:

    Your post is priceless, especially the use of scatological, puerile, and ignoramus. I must say that I have been impressed by the vocabulary of many of the posters on this site. No only is it a great place for the latest info, but one can also expand their vernacular. I have laughed at your post many times.


  36. Oilslick Says:

    Yeah I believe you’re right. He probably has all the “Gangland” on DVD and “SOA” also. Maybe even some books by Peter Edwards and the like, reads them in his cage….while driving!

    sled tramp,
    Thanks for the compliment. I think that calls for something extra special tonight. Is it possible to “pillage and plunder” on my bike?


  37. Detroit Dutch Says:


    With the 25th Annual NCOM Convention just weeks away, the National Coalition of Motorcyclists is requesting that MRO’s, motorcycle clubs, and riding associations submit the names of those members and supporters who have died since May 2009, so that we may honor their memories during the traditional “Ringing of the Bell” tribute to fallen riders during the opening ceremonies. Dedications can be hand-delivered at the Convention to “Doc” Reichenbach, NCOM Chairman of the Board, or e-mailed in advance to Bill Bish at [email protected].

  38. Amy Says:

    Dear Grumbler and Oilslick,

    I believe Stan C. is an outlaw biker authority.


  39. skate shoes Says:

    you should add some social bookmarking icons to your blog posts. At least add one for Digg.

  40. Nick Says:

    Hey Stan
    Well….. oh yeah……
    well my dick’s bigger than yours

  41. Ride Says:

    Stan C.,

    Take a look at this one…

    Suspect Arrested After Motorcycle Hit-And-Run
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) ― Authorities have identified the suspect in a fatal hit-and-run collision in Fort Collins as Stephen Johnson of Windsor.

    Johnson, 60, was arrested on charges including vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of an accident and driving under the influence after an SUV collided with a motorcycle on Saturday.

    Patricia Thoen, 76, a passenger on the motorcycle, was killed. Her husband, Orlo Thoen, 75, was injured.

    How’s that for “general scummy behavior”?

  42. slycechyx Says:

    This piece of shit was finally charged in the second trial, 26 years. Not enough time.

    I have ridden with Ernie several times since this, he currently has an Indian trike & is working to be back on two wheels again. Hoping to get back on his chopper. The damage from the accident has left me him partially crippled. The damage is obvious & at times has a hard time forming words. But his memory is still as sharp as ever & his love of life spirit of still there.
    We all thought he would die from his injuries, but somehow survived, not 100 % back to normal, but is living his life the best he can.

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