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Dump Truck Driver Charged With Manslaughter In Deaths Of Four Arizona Motorcyclists

A dump truck driver has been charged with four counts of manslaughter for crashing into a group of motorcycles who were stopped for a red light in northern Phoenix.

 Michael Jakscht, 46, of Scottsdale, Ariz., was arrested Tuesday on charges stemming from the March 25 accident, when he hit a group of 10 motorcycles, sending their riders flying.

 Jakscht had methamphetamine in his system the day of the tragic crash, according to toxicology reports cited by police.

 Three men and a woman died after Jakscht crashed into them at Carefree Highway and 27th Avenue. Five other motorcyclists were injured, one badly. The one in serious condition is Phoenix Fire Capt. Ernie Lizarraga, 52.

 In addition to manslaughter, Jakscht was charged with five counts of aggravated assault and seven counts of endangerment.

 The victims were Clyde Nachand, 67, Stephen Punch, 52, Daniel Butler, 35, and Dayle Downs-Totonchi, 47.

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