PHOENIX — An Arizona dump truck driver convicted of numerous charges for
the 2010 deaths of four motorcyclists has been sentenced to 26 years in prison.
Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Joseph Welty handed down the sentence
Jurors returned guilty verdicts against Michael Jakscht on charges of
manslaughter, aggravated assault and endangerment after an August trial.
Jakscht plowed his 12-ton truck into a group of motorcyclists stopped at a
north Phoenix traffic light on March 25, 2010. Four motorcyclists died and five
others were injured in the fiery accident.
Phoenix police said toxicology tests showed Jakscht had methamphetamine in his
system. Jakscht’s attorneys had argued that he had taken diet pills and that the
brakes on his truck weren’t working well.