$1M bond set for dump truck driver involved in fatal motorcycle crash

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Michael Jakscht was arrested for his involvement in a deadly crash that left four motorcyclists dead. By Alicia Barron Michael Jakscht was arrested for his involvement in a deadly crash that left four motorcyclists dead. By Alicia Barron
By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

PHOENIX – A judge has set the bond for the driver of a dump truck that slammed into a group of motorcyclists at a stop light at $1 million.

Michael Jakscht, 46, was taken into custody on Tuesday near Highland and State Route 51 by Phoenix police.
He was stopped by officers after they say they observed "impaired driving behavior."

Jakscht was under surveillance while police waited for toxicology test results from the fatal collision on March 25 on 27th Drive and Carefree Highway that killed four riders.

The toxicology report, which usually takes four to six weeks, was completed in less than two weeks. That report confirmed initial testing and revealed there were illegal drugs present in Jakscht’s system at the time of the crash.

Police believe the illegal substance was methamphetamine although they cannot provide further details at this time.

Jakscht was booked into Maricopa County jail one four counts of manslaughter, five counts of aggravated assault and seven counts of endangerment.

More charges could be filed for his alleged impaired driving on Tuesday.

Three men and one woman died as a result of the March 25 wreck. Five more people were injured.