Friends and family remember cyclists killed by impaired driver a year later

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – A year after five cyclists were struck and killed by a truck outside of Las Vegas, family and friends recall their memories.

Donalrey Nieva spoke to 8 News Now Friday about his brother, Gerrard Nieva, who was killed in the crash on December 10, 2020.

“I miss him a lot,” Nieva said. “He was just a special and special guy.”

He said Gerrard lived and breathed bikes, and it was something the two shared until his life was suddenly stolen.

“It was pretty much his life,” Donalrey said of Gerrard’s love for cycling. “He would wake up thinking about it, fall asleep thinking about it.”

Gerrard Nieva was part of a group of cyclists hit by a commercial truck driver who was drugged on methamphetamine on US 95 near Searchlight.

Shawn Tyrone, who works at the Las Vegas Cyclery in Summerlin, told 8 News Now that last year’s crash really rocked all of Las Vegas.

Gerrard Nieva (Courtesy: Nieva family)

“We still miss them,” Tyrone said of those killed. “We think about them every day.

“It was a very hard blow for us,” he added, speaking of the cycling community. “We all knew and rode with this whole group. “

He said on Friday he wanted to make sure the names of those lost were never forgotten and hopes this tragedy will always serve as a reminder.

“We need to advocate for safer roads,” Tyrone said. “For driver awareness and not to let this be swept under the carpet and forgotten. “

He and Donalrey ask the others to always keep an eye on the roads and think of Gerrard, who loved to travel anywhere on two wheels.

“The pain will always be there,” Donalrey concluded of Gerrard’s death.

Truck driver Jordan Barson was sentenced to a minimum of 16 years in prison in June.

Ghost Bikes Las Vegas will host a Memorial Hike for those killed in the crash on Saturday, December 11.

For more information on the souvenir, walk click HERE.

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