A truck driver who was allegedly high on meth when he fatally struck a group of cyclists on a Nevada highway sobbed as he recounted the tragic collision, police body camera footage shows.
Jordan Alexander Barson, 45, faces five counts of DUI resulting in death for the Dec. 10 crash, which killed five people in the midst of a 20-person, 130-mile retirement celebration ride through Nevada and California.
In footage released by the Clark County District Attorney’s office, Barson can be seen weeping as he recalls waking up at the wheel “to seeing bikers.”
“I guess I feel asleep. I don’t remember. I remember hitting those speed bumps,” the trucker tells police before breaking down.
“You don’t remember anything?” the interviewing officer asks. “You just woke up? To what?”
“To seeing bikers,” Barson responds, choking up.
The truck driver — who told cops he works as a courier, delivering goods between Las Vegas and Kingman, Arizona — is also shown on the footage fumbling through a nine-step field sobriety test, putting his hand up against his Isuzu NPR HD box truck at one point for balance.
Cops had initially thought the wreck was a “tragic accident,” but Barson later copped to having taken methamphetamine the afternoon before the crash, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
Blood tests later found nine times the legal limit of the addictive stimulant in his system.
Barson told investigators during an interview at his home last week that he feared being locked up for life.
Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson has promised to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law.
“What it comes down to, like anything else, is making choices. When your choices, such as driving while intoxicated, affect other people’s lives, that’s when it becomes very serious,” Wolfson told the Review-Journal.
“When five innocent people who were out for a bike ride lose their lives, the consequences of his behavior are so severe that it’s hard to think about minimum sentences.”
The cyclists, who were celebrating the retirement of a fellow rider, were riding on the shoulder of a stretch of US 95 near Boulder City when they were hit.