Thursday, August 16, 2012

After 2 Years .......Justice

Finally.....after what has to be an awful wait for the victims' families, Justice has been served.
Posted on August 15, 2012 at 1:58 PM
Updated yesterday at 6:13 PM

PHOENIX -- A jury has convicted a truck driver who slammed into a group of motorcycle riders in 2010 -- killing four of them and injuring five others.

Michael Jakscht, 49, was found guilty on four counts of manslaughter. He was also found guilty of five counts of aggravated assault, one count of endangerment imminent death, and three counts of endangerment physical injury. This was the second trial for Jakscht.
Today's verdict underscores my office's commitment to the pursuit of justice and the hard work of undeterred prosecutors," said Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery. "The selfish and senseless act of driving impaired, from alcohol, drugs or prescribed substances, inevitably will lead to tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the surviving family members of victims who lost their lives and with the victims who are still recovering."

Jakscht was the man behind the wheel of a 23,000-pound dump truck in March 2010 when the vehicle failed to stop at a traffic light along the Carefree Highway and slammed into a group of motorcycle riders that had stopped for a light.

Jakscht was charged with four counts of manslaughter and multiple counts of aggravated assault because prosecutors said he had methamphetamine in his system at the time of the crash.

Jakscht's defense lawyers had argued vigorously that their client was not impaired and that the crash was a terrible "accident" caused by a mechanical failure in the massive truck.

Jakscht's first trial last year ended with a hung jury deadlock 9 to 3 for acquittal.

The Maricopa County attorney's office decided to retry the case. Closing arguments in round two of the State v. Michael Jakscht were delivered to a new jury on Monday.

The jury is now deliberating on aggravating factors in the case.

According to the news reports last night Mr. Jakscht could face up to life in prison.


  1. Thank you for posting this. I was just thinking about that accident and was wondering what the outcome was.

  2. Thanks for the update. Sad situation all around.

  3. I so rarely hear the end of stories like these. I am glad to know that he did not just walk away from this.

  4. Late to the story here but it's good to know how that mess turned out. Life in prison is more than he deserves.

  5. Thank you for posting this. Usually you just get the first part of the story and never the end. Life in prison doesn't quite seem fair when he had meth in his system and 4 people died. I believe that when you kill someone you should die the same death, but thats just my opinion

  6. I'm late but glad to have seen this post. I've wondered a few times what the outcome was.
    A friend and his friend were out riding just this past weekend, our friend was wearing a bright yellow riding jacket and the other fellow just a Jean jacket. Some woman in an F150 plowed the second rider as they were making a turn. Our friend said the driver kept saying "I saw the one with the yellow jacket but never saw the other guy." Sounds like she fixated on the yellow jacket and never hit her brakes. Second rider has several broken bones, short term memory loss and a lengthy stay in the hospital.I just bet she gets a midemeanor traffic sitation. Far as I know , Police around here never implement the "Right of way" charges I helped get passed.