LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The man accused of driving more than 100 mph before a deadly crash in Boulder City now admits he had taken prescription pills and had just left a Las Vegas casino.
Joshua Buckingham, 27, spoke to 13 Action News from the Clark County Detention Center and said he remembered little from before the Thursday crash.
"I don't remember anything, I was heading to Phoenix," said Buckingham.
"I remember leaving the South Point," added Buckingham.
Investigators said Buckingham would not make it to Arizona instead crashing into a pickup truck driven by 58-year-old Randy Reiner in front of the Rebel gas station in Boulder City, about 20 miles from the hotel and casino.
"I got to my car, I turned on OnStar, I was rolling around in circles like a child," explained Buckingham.
"I thought OnStar was supposed to keep you safe, they said I was going 130 mph., I was hauling ass from Las Vegas, Nevada to Phoenix, Arizona," said Buckingham.
Authorities said multiple witnesses said Buckingham was speeding and driving recklessly before the crash.
"Do you know why you were going so fast?" asked Reporter Joe Bartels.
"Because I was taking those blue pills that they prescribed me and now I'm clean," said Buckingham.
"I was bipolar, I didn't even know," added Buckingham.
Buckingham said he had taken Vuyvanse, also known as Lisdexamfetamine, a controlled stimulant which is prescribed to treat ADHD, or Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
Buckingham is being held on reckless driving resulting in death and if convicted could face up to six years in prison.
13 Investigates has learned Reiner is connected to Integrity Masonry in Las Vegas and reached out to his family but they were too shaken to speak.