Michael J. Jakscht, the moron who ran over a pack of motorcycles in Phoenix on March 25th was charged Tuesday with four counts of manslaughter, five counts of aggravated assault and seven counts of endangerment.
Three of the motorcyclists injured that day, Clyde R. Nachand, Stephen Punch and Daniel L. Butler, died at the scene. Dayle Veronica Downs-Totonchi died March 26th, A Phoenix Fire Captain named Ernie Lizarraga who was riding with the group is still hospitalized in serious condition.
All eight of the bikers were members of an informal motorcycle club called Krusers. Kruzers organized rides for weekend bikers who wanted have fun and make new friends. The club was founded by Downs-Totonchi’s husband Paul.
“I’ve sat down and tried to analyze it, not in the sense that I just lost someone, but just in the sense of how it’s possible,” Totonchi told Phoenix television station KNXV yesterday. “How do you go through 10 bikes and three (other vehicles) and not stop?”
The eight motorcycles carrying nine people were 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 (pictured above) 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 belonged 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 also caught fire. Phoenix Fire Deputy Chief Frank Salomon called it “a horrific scene.” Jakscht passed a field sobriety test and was not cited.
It was Jakscht’s second accident in two weeks. He was previously cited for “failure to control speed” after running into a stopped car in Scottsdale.
Jakscht was briefly detained and given a blood test after the motorcycle accident. Because this was a notorious case Phoenix police surveilled the truck driver until that blood test was finished. Results were delivered to police Tuesday. According to KNXV, before an arrest warrant could be issued, the surveilling officers observed Jakscht driving while impaired again which provided probable cause to take him into custody.
Results of the March 25 blood test indicate that Jakscht is probably addicted to methamphetamine and that he might have been tweaking at the time of the motorcycle accident.
Jakscht is being held in the 4th Avenue jail in Phoenix. His bail is set at $1 million.