Driver indicted in crash that killed 4 AZ bikers

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by The Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 5:02 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 15 at 3:00 AM

PHOENIX (AP) — A dump truck driver arrested after a crash that killed four motorcyclists in north Phoenix has been indicted on four counts of manslaughter.

Maricopa County prosecutors said Wednesday that a grand jury also charged 46-year-old Michael John Jakscht with five counts of aggravated assault and seven counts of endangerment.

Phoenix police say initial toxicology tests show that Jakscht had methamphetamine in his system on the afternoon of March 25 when his truck rear-ended eight motorcycles that were stopped at a red light. Three riders died at the scene and another died later at a Phoenix hospital. Five other riders were injured, at least one severely.

Police say Jakscht was arrested in the case on April 6 and indicted Tuesday. He remains jailed on $1 million bond.

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