An Arizona man faces DUI fees after he’s accused of driving into a gaggle of bicyclists close to Las Vegas, killing 5 of them, Nevada prosecutors mentioned Wednesday.
The Clark County District Attorney’s Office mentioned Jordan Barson had methamphetamine in his system and charged him with 5 counts of DUI ensuing in loss of life, which carries a jail sentence of 2-20 years per depend. Barson can also be charged with DUI ensuing in substantial bodily hurt, 5 counts of reckless driving ensuing in loss of life and one depend of reckless driving ensuing in substantial bodily hurt, officers mentioned.
Barson was behind the wheel in a collision on Dec. 10 that killed 5 bicyclists and injured extra on U.S. 95 close to Searchlight, Nevada, prosecutors mentioned. The truck drifted off the highway and crashed into a gaggle of bicyclists, McClatchy News reported.
“I’m at a loss for words,” Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson mentioned in an announcement. “I have said hundreds of times, to countless people, making the choice to get behind the wheel of a car when you are intoxicated is reckless. Those actions are unacceptable, and they have consequences. Tragically, this type of reckless behavior has left five people dead, several injured, and our community in mourning once again.”
Barson, a 45-year-old arrested Wednesday in Arizona, is being held in Mohave County jail awaiting extradition, a spokeswoman for the Clark County District Attorney mentioned, in response to NBC News.
The Clark County medical expert (*5*) as Erin Michelle Ray, 39; Michael Todd Murray, 57; Aksoy Ahmet, 48; Thomas Chamberlin Trauger, 57; and Gerrard Suarez Nieva, 41, all of Las Vegas, NBC News reported.
Another bike owner was critically injured in the crash, in response to the publication.
“It’s a horrific tragedy,” mentioned Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Travis Smaka, NBC News reported. “When you have a beautiful sunny day like it is today and we’ve just lost the lives of five people, it’s just a horrible tragedy.”