On March 25, 2010 at approximately 1259 hours, Michael Jakscht was operating a commercial vehicle in the area of 2700 West Carefree Highway when he failed to control his vehicle, colliding with 10 motorcycles and three passenger vehicles that were stopped at the red traffic signal light. The collision resulted in the death of four people, serious injury to five others, and endangered numerous others. Jakscht was evaluated by a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) and found to be impaired by drugs. The scientific analysis confirmed Jakscht ingested methamphetamine prior to the collision. Jakscht was arrested on April 6, 2012 for four counts of Manslaughter, five counts of Aggravated Assault, and four counts of Endangerment. The trial concluded in August of 2012 and was scheduled for sentencing on November 16, 2012.
Today Judge Welty sentenced Michael Jakscht to 26 years to be served in the Arizona Department of Corrections for his reckless actions, which devastated several families and friends. In conclusion, the families were grateful for the service provided by the members of the Vehicular Crimes Unit. The detectives in this case worked diligently in investigating an enormous scene with many components. Their dedication and efforts along with the staff of the Maricopa County Attorney's Office (MCAO) led to the successful conviction of Jakscht and brought closure to the victims and their families.