The Phoenix fire captain injured yesterday after a dump truck slammed into a group of motorcyclists in north Phoenix remains in critical condition today.
Eight motorcycles carrying nine people were stopped at a traffic light at Carefree Highway and 27th Drive on Thursday when the large sanitation truck driving eastbound failed to control its speed, striking the rear of the motorcycles and four other vehicles, police said.
Three people were killed and six others injured.
Three motorcyclists were killed at the scene: Clyde R. Nachand, 67, Stephen Punch, 52. Both men were riding Harley Davidson motorcycles. Daniel L. Butler, 35, also died. He was on a Honda motorcycle, police said.
Three of the remaining victims are in serious condition today while one motorcycle rider was treated and released.
The driver of the truck, Michael J. Jakscht, 46, had minor injuries. Police believe alcohol or drugs did not impair him at the time of the crash. Detectives are still determining what charges or citations may be filed, Samudio said.
The fire captain, Ernie Lizarraga, is a 22-year veteran of the department. He had surgery Thursday at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix and remains in critical condition.
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