Jakscht Sentencing Set

August 21, 2012

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In March 2010 a trash truck driver named Michael Jakscht (photo above) ran his twelve ton truck through a pack of eight motorcycles carrying nine people at a stop light at the intersection of 27th Avenue and Carefree Highway near I-17 in Phoenix. The collision killed four people and injured five more. After 29 months and two trials the survivors and casualties of that horrifying moment now only have to wait another month for justice.

Jakscht was found guilty last week of four counts of manslaughter, five counts of aggravated assault and four counts of endangerment. If Judge Joseph C. Welty wants to play hardball and runs the sentences consecutively, Jakscht could spend as much as 157 years in prison. He will learn his fate September 21.

The Accident

All of the victims were members of a meetup group called Krusers. The meetup organized rides for people who wanted to make friends in the wind.

At least one of the motorcycles caught fire after Jakscht ran over them. Three riders were trapped under the truck and died in the flames. They were Clyde R. Nachand, Stephen Punch and Daniel L. Butler. A fourth rider, Dayle Downs-Tonotchi, was evacuated from the scene by helicopter and died the next day.

Jakscht never applied his brakes. Police reports stated that he heart was pounding, he was squinting, his hands fidgeted with a water bottle and that he could not walk a straight line or participate in field sobriety tests. At trial his attorney argued that he had trouble holding the water bottle because he had burned his hands on a fire extinguisher while trying to put out the flames. He squinted because the hot fire extinguisher had exploded in his face. His heart was pounding from adrenaline and he staggered because the police told him to walk a straight line right next to the bodies of the victims. It was Jakscht’s second accident in two weeks.

Was Jakscht Loaded

He was also given a blood test which was later interpreted to mean that he was “under the influence” of methamphetamine at the time of the accident. But he was acquitted after his first trial partly because prosecutors could not prove that he was legally intoxicated. Although the standard by which a person can be found to be intoxicated on alcohol is set by statute, there is no standard to determine whether a driver is intoxicated on methamphetamine or simply has the drug in his system. His lawyers argued that the collision was a terrible accident caused by brake failure and that Jakscht had not used crank but only “diet pills.”

Jakscht’s second trial began in June. Last week the Maricopa County jury decided that the truck driver was voluntarily intoxicated and that he acted in “reckless disregard” of the consequences of that intoxication. Neither the verdict nor the sentence are likely to comfort the victims but at least next month their long ordeal will find a legal end.


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20 Responses to “Jakscht Sentencing Set”

  1. Paladin Says:

    Well, you just never know who you’re going to bump into, while you’re in prison.

    Long May You Ride,


  2. Oilslick Says:

    Jackshit sentenced today. Freakin 26 yrs for 4 lives and endless anguish for families and survivors.


  3. (btb) back to basics Says:

    to COMOLIEN….

    I venture to say that if given, you would fail a sobriety test.

  4. Base Says:


    You compare smoking a joint to meth? WTF? Really WTF?

    Grumbler hit on the accident, so won’t go there. But, suggest you read his post twice, then follow the link and read it several times and see if you feel the same way.

    Wretched talks about the severity and effects something like this has on all involved. So not going there except to add,,,,

    1 of several incidents around a person driving impaired,,,

    1984, a good brother(family man,wife, kids) was sitting at a stop light on his bike. A women in a lifted Bronco high on meth ran him over and kept going. Bystanders chased her down, she said she was running from demons. She got 5 years, got out in 4 OD-ed couple years later worm food.

    I would add ol Jack should be reminded daily about the lives he destroyed. He chose to injest meth and had been involved in another accident prior. Habitual?

    @Wretched, respects on your sobriety as for the remorseless person or people, living life as such has a way of drawing negativity into thier lives and when it comes around it’s usally 10 fold.

    As my daughter says to me often

    “Never ride faster than you Angel can fly”

  5. RLG Says:

    @COMOLIEN, any motor vehicle is a deadly weapon that a person is responsible for if they operate it, period.

    Accidents can happen. But most reasonable people do not see this as an accident: A professional driver, in good weather, during the day, in a truck in good mechanical condition, drove at high speed — without slowing — into a large group of motorists. I call that criminal negligence.

    Jack has human rights and deserves due process. But he needs to be punished for his crimes.

  6. Wretched man Says:

    This whole story is a serious tragedy, on one hand many bikers & or family of bikers lives are impacted forever, & on the other Jack’s life will be altered forever.
    IMHO, he should ‘man-up’ & take his medicine.
    I feel for those who have lost friends/family as I’m sure many of us have dealt with the loss, either directly or indirectly.

    I myself have ridden my bike under the influence of various intoxicants in years gone by (been clean since ’98, stopped drinking in ’06) & I am truly grateful that i never caused another human to suffer for my stupidity. Had I done so, I would man-up & take my medicine!
    3 years ago, through someone else’s inability/stupidity (no intoxication on their part) my life was forever changed by someone else. It sucks having to live with that forever while they just walk around without any evidence of remorse & without so much as a slap on the wrist.
    Let Jack serve his time for doing his crime, it wont bring back the loss so many have suffered, but it sure stops him from doing it again, that in itself is a consolation.
    Respect to real bikers who live as bikers.

  7. Grumbler Says:

    @COMOLIEN – Police who responded to the scene reported that Jakscht displayed multiple signs and symptoms of impairment, including a high pulse rate, dilated pupils and poor performance in field sobriety tests. A blood sample analysis showed that Jakscht was impaired by central nervous system stimulants, specifically methamphetamine and amphetamine. There was no evidence of pre-impact braking. Throughout his contact with police on the day of the collision, Jakscht did not show any concern or remorse for the injuries and deaths he caused.


  8. (btb) back to basics Says:

    to COMOLIEN ….

    What is it you are trying to say?

  9. COMOLIEN Says:

    FOR ALL YOU PEOPLE WHO HAVE THESE CRUEL AND NEGATIVE THOUGHTS OF THIS MAN WHO HAS TO LIVE WITH THIS HORRIBLE GUILT.DO YOU REALLY KNOW IT WAS NOT THE FAILURE OF THE TRUCKS BRAKES? I mean really.If you smoke a joint 30 days prior and it’s on your toxicology report does that mean you should get a hundred years plus.To me he passed the sobriety test and there should be proof beyond a reasonable doubt that he was impaired by the meth and that it caused the accident.I beleive this was a horrific accident and my heart goes out for all victims involved including the driver of the truck.Do you really know that truck was mantained? There was evidence of malfunctional brakes.Mayby the truck company should be the guilty one.

  10. Oilslick Says:

    Just to give an idea of how hot the fire was in the carnage of this horrible accident. Some of my brothers and I caught the red light at this intersection about 6 mos after it happened. We were lookin over at the tree on the corner where a memorial had developed. Things were hanging from the tree…doo rags, bandanas, flowers. I felt my left foot on uneven road so I looked down and realized I was right on the spot where it happened. My foot was on top of a glob of aluminum that had fused with asphalt in the fire. We were all in a huge scorched area that was very visible. Couldn’t help but feel some emotion for those that were plowed into that day. The rest of the 15 or so mile ride to The Hideaway in Cave Creek was in a different mindset for me as well as the others as I found out while talkin enjoying our beers. They never got to enjoy theirs.

    Hope the fucker rots.

    Thanks for reading,

  11. Vikingtrotter Says:

    Jack Shit?,,,,oh man,,,,,what messed up last name.

  12. SMFtwstdHICK Says:

    They should give this jackass fuck directly to the families affected and let them see that justice is served.

    No sense in having this asshole live off their tax dollars rotting in prison.

  13. Tim Says:

    my condolences to all the families and their riding friends, I remember when this happened and he got off at the first trial I thought “FUCK” WTF,he had METH in his system, “WTF” I thought who does this person Know in city, county or state Politics? When a biker gets pulled over and is tested for booze or drugs most of the time he is found GUILITY. I thought did this guy “JACKSHIT” have a contract with the city or something and funneling some of his profits back to the city or county commisioners? I don’t know, there was enough evidence to bury “JACKSHIT” at the first trial, Thank God everyone raised Hell, and I hope they SUE for all they can get to take care of their families, and I realize its not the money,everyone please be careful out there ok. RIP to the one who lost their lives,and I pray for the people who got hurt in the wreck I hope your wounds heal.

  14. YYZ Skinhead Says:

    You know who else only took diet pills? Jay Dobyns!

    YYZ Skinhead

  15. Ol'LadyRider Says:

    It is more than shameful this case has taken so long to come to fruition. A possible 157 years is no comfort to me, so I doubt very much it will be of any solace to the families. Dying in prison sucks, but certainly doesn’t compare to dying trapped under a truck and engulfed in flames while the responsible fuckstick jitters his way into a court debate re: “voluntary” intoxication. Grrr. I continue to pray the families will find some peace.

  16. Base Says:

    There is a special corner of hell for this ass wipe. Can only hope he on it.

  17. KK Says:

    One eye: I’m with you on this one, Damn what a fkn nightmare. RIP to all that have passed. That was a tough read. Damn!


  18. Uncle Don Says:

    He should get the full 157 years but he wont.


  19. Pig Says:

    Is it me or is this guy’s last name Jackshit?

  20. One Eye Says:

    Condolences to the family of the deceased and get well wishes to the injured and the survivors. I hope this cunt does some painful time.

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