Truck Driver Convicted of Killing and Injuring Group of Motorcyclists
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 and multiple counts of aggravated assault. This was the second trial for Jakscht.
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 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.