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Mistrial in case of driver who allegedly hit, killed motorcyclists on Carefree Highway

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A Superior Court Judge declared a mistrial Thursday in the case of a sanitation dump truck driver accused of driving under the influence of drugs and slamming into a group of motorcycles.

Michael Jakscht is charged with 16 counts, including manslaughter, aggravated assault and endangerment.

The jurors returned Thursday without being able to reach a verdict on manslaughter and assault and Judge Joseph Welty declared the mistrial.

Prosecutors allege Jakscht was under the influence of meth when he drove the truck into the motorcyclists, killing four people and leaving several others hurt, including a Phoenix fire captain, on March 25, 2010, on the Carefree Highway and 27th Avenue.

Court records show Jakscht had other driving violations in recent years.

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