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'I just remember hitting those people': Truck driver is caught on bodycam weeping after killing five cyclists on Nevada highway as he reveals he fell asleep at the wheel

 Body camera footage has been released by the authorities in Nevada, showing a truck driver who had just killed five bicyclists tearfully telling troopers that he must have fallen asleep behind the wheel - before his blood work revealed he had a high level of methamphetamine in his system. 

Jordan Barson, 45, of Kingman, Arizona, faces 12 felony charges, including driving under the influence and reckless driving, in a criminal complaint filed in Las Vegas last week.

'Choices have consequences,' Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said after a Las Vegas judge issued a warrant for Barson's arrest in connection with the December 10 deadly crash on US 95 between Boulder City and Searchlight, Nevada.


The Nevada Department of Public Safety has released surveillance video showing DUI suspect Jordan Barson being interviewed after killing five cyclists on December 10

The Nevada Department of Public Safety has released surveillance video showing DUI suspect Jordan Barson being interviewed after killing five cyclists on December 10  

Barson, a truck driver, breaks down in tears saying he must have fallen asleep

Barson, a truck driver, breaks down in tears saying he must have fallen asleep 

Barson is seen in screenshots above failing field sobriety tests following the crash
Barson appears unsteady on his feet

Barson is seen in screenshots above failing field sobriety tests following the crash 

Barson had nine times an allowable amount of methamphetamine in his system when he plowed into the group of cyclists, blood test showed 

The incident took place on US 95 between Boulder City and Searchlight, Nevada

The incident took place on US 95 between Boulder City and Searchlight, Nevada

Officials said Barson's flat-faced 2019 Isuzu NPR HD box truck plowed into at least seven bicyclists trailing a 2019 Subaru Outback support vehicle

Officials said Barson's flat-faced 2019 Isuzu NPR HD box truck plowed into at least seven bicyclists trailing a 2019 Subaru Outback support vehicle

A mangled bike is seen resting at the scene of the collision on US 95

A mangled bike is seen resting at the scene of the collision on US 95  


'We all make decisions every day,' Wolfson said. 'This was a choice the defendant made to get behind the wheel while intoxicated.'

Killed were Las Vegas residents Erin Michelle Ray, 39, a real estate agent; Gerrard Suarez Nieva, 41, a medical care technician; Michael Todd Murray, 57, a former motorcycle racer; Aksoy Ahmet, 48, a stay-at-home father of three; and Thomas Chamberlin Trauger, 57, chief financial officer at the Sports Basement recreational gear chain in the Bay Area. 

Barson faces 12 felony charges, including driving under the influence and reckless driving

Barson faces 12 felony charges, including driving under the influence and reckless driving

Barson was arrested on December 16 and booked into the Mohave County Jail in Kingman pending extradition to Nevada, where he could face decades in state prison. 

On the day of his arrest, the Nevada Department of Public Safety released body camera video, which shows troopers interview a visibly shaken and emotional Barson. 

'I guess I fell asleep because I don't remember... I just remember hitting those people,' he says through tears. 

A trooper asks Barson a series of questions about his job as a courier driving between Las Vegas, Bullhead City, Arizona, and Kingman, and the condition of his truck, before inquiring whether he had been drinking or taking any prescription drugs.

'No,' Barson says in response to all the questions. 

The driver was later subjected to field sobriety tests, which he did not pass, and was asked to voluntarily go to the hospital to have his blood drawn for testing. 

Thomas Chamberlin Trauger, 57
Erin Michelle Ray, 39, a real estate agent

Thomas Chamberlin Trauger, 57 (pictured left), CFO at the Sports Basement recreational gear chain in the Bay Area, and Erin Michelle Ray, 39, a real estate agent (right), were among the five deceased cyclists 

Aksoy Ahmet, 48
Gerrard Nieva, 41

Aksoy Ahmet, 48, a stay-at-home father of three (left), and Gerrard Suarez Nieva, 41, a medical care technician (right) lost their lives in the crash 

Michael Todd Murray, 57, a former motorcycle racer, was struck and killed by the truck

Michael Todd Murray, 57, a former motorcycle racer, was struck and killed by the truck 

A memorial made up of bikes painted white and decorated with flowers honoring the deceased cyclists is pictured above

A memorial made up of bikes painted white and decorated with flowers honoring the deceased cyclists is pictured above 

'If I say no, where do I go?' a downcast Barson asks the trooper, who explains to him that he would be forced to obtain a telephonic search warrant for the blood work, which would result in his driver's license being automatically suspended for a year. 

Prosecutor Eric Bauman said blood tests later showed Barson had nine times an allowable amount of methamphetamine in his system.

During another interview with investigators, Barson reportedly said he had used the drug on the afternoon before the crash and did not sleep well that night, according to Las Vegas Review-Journal. 

'I’m afraid I’m going to prison forever,' he was quoted as saying through tears. 'I feel so bad for [the victims], like why did I survive that?'

Barson's flat-faced 2019 Isuzu NPR HD box truck plowed into at least seven bicyclists trailing a 2019 Subaru Outback support vehicle amid about 20 cyclists making an annual 130-mile ride from Las Vegas through scenic desert in Nevada and California, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol and riders in the group.

The Subaru, which was carrying water, snacks and spare tires for the ride, was trailing the group for most of the journey, before seven of the cyclists decided to move back behind the car to escape strong headwinds.

Nevada Highway Patrol investigate the scene of the fatal crash involving multiple bicyclists and a box truck along U.S. Highway 95 southbound near Searchlight, Nevada

Nevada Highway Patrol investigate the scene of the fatal crash involving multiple bicyclists and a box truck along U.S. Highway 95 southbound near Searchlight, Nevada

Traffic is redirected at the Nelson road cutoff as the Nevada Highway Patrol works the scene of he crash on December 10

Traffic is redirected at the Nelson road cutoff as the Nevada Highway Patrol works the scene of he crash on December 10

Two injured bicyclists were taken to University Medical Center in Las Vegas, and the driver of the Subaru, David Merrill, also was injured, the Highway Patrol said. A third bicyclist was treated for minor injuries at the scene about 60 miles south of Las Vegas.

Michael Anderson, a retired Las Vegas police officer who was in the group, told reporters they bicycled the so-called Nipton Loop for 15 years. US 95 in the area is a flat, straight and divided highway with a vehicle speed limit of 75mph. 

The cyclists were all close friends who have undertaken the ride on an annual basis. This year, the group was celebrating the retirement of one of its members from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. 

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