Motorcyclists turn out for ride to remember those killed in Phoenix accident

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by Natalie Rivers

azfamily.com

Posted on March 28, 2010 at 12:49 PM

Updated Sunday, Mar 28 at 12:54 PM

PHOENIX - Hundreds of people gathered and rode up to Roadrunner Restaurant in New River to remember the four people killed in Thursday's motorcycle crash.

The names of those who died were released by police on Friday as 67-year-old Clyde R. Nachand, 52-year-old Stephen Punch, 35-year-old Daniel L. Butler and 47-year-old Dayle Veronica Downs-Totonchi.

Phoenix police Officer Luis Samudio said the truck driver, identified as 46-year-old Michael J. Jakscht, failed to control his speed and collided with eight motorcycles from behind and four other vehicles that were in front of the bikes. Aerial video showed several motorcycles wedged underneath the truck.

In addition to the four fatalities, five victims were transported to local hospitals, including Phoenix Fire Capt. Ernie Lizarraga, who was off-duty. The captain and another motorcyclist were airlifted from the scene. Lizarraga remains in critical condition.

Many of the people were a part of the same Phoenix Motorcycle Riders group as the victims, but many other riders around the state who didn't know those involved turned out to pay their respects.

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