A report stated that the defendant apologized for the accident and apologized
A judge in Nevada this week reprimanded an Arizona truck driver in court after he pleaded guilty last year to a crash that killed five cyclists and sentenced him to at least 16 years in prison. Four others were injured.
According to reports, officers determined that the defendant, Jordan Alexander Barson, 45, was under the influence of methamphetamine when he plowed his box truck into the victims on Highway 95 on December 10.
“You didn’t have any business driving,” Clark County District Judge Beta Yeager told Barson on Wednesday, according to the Associated Press.
The judge then read out the names of the victims and explained the effect their death would have on “mothers, fathers, siblings, spouses, children, nieces, nephews and grandchildren.”
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“Their life is affected forever because of your poor choices,” the judge told Barson, referring to the survivors, according to the AP.
The report said the cyclists who died were among a group of about 20 people who were taking an annual ride from Las Vegas through a scenic desert area along the Nevada-California line. The accident happened between Boulder City and Searchlight in Nevada.
The report said that a day before the two-day sentencing hearing, Barson apologized and apologized for the accident, and his defense attorney, Damien Sheets, said Barson did not intend to cause harm, the report said. Having said.
“Knowing that I killed five people and seriously hurt two others is unbearable most of the time,” Barson told the court. “I want you to know that I am truly sorry for what I have done. I know you will carry this pain forever, and it breaks my heart that I caused it.”
Erin Michelle Ray, 39, a Las Vegas resident who died last December; Gerard Suarez Nieva, 41; Michael Todd Murray, 57; Aksoy Ahmet, 48; and Thomas Chamberlin Truger, 57. The cyclists who were seriously injured were Jose Vasquez and Jerome Ducroque.
The AP reported that Barson was also ordered to pay about $60,000 in compensation to the victims.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.