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District Court Judge Bruce Jones said could not sentence Rogel Aguilera-Mederos to a shorter prison term
The driver of an 18-wheeler that hurtled down an interstate at 85 mph, causing a large fireball crash that killed four people, was sentenced Monday to 110 consecutive years in prison.
Rogel Aguilera-Mederos, 26, was driving a semi-trailer down I-70 in Lakewood, Colorado, when he collided with two dozen vehicles, including four other semi-trailers, stuck in rush hour traffic on April 25, 2019.
The impact of the crash caused a giant fireball explosion that incinerated cars and trucks and killed four people.
More than two years later, on Monday, Aguilera-Mederos, of Texas, was sentenced to 110 consecutive years in prison by County Court Judge A. Bruce Jones, who said his hands were tied due to minima laws. mandatory in the state.
Aguilera-Mederos had claimed that the brakes on his truck had failed and he lost control, but prosecutors argued in court that he could have taken steps to prevent the accident, including using a runaway truck ramp. miles before the accident. near Denver West Colorado Mills Parkway. , and said that he instead made “a lot of bad decisions”.
Rogel Aguilera-Mederos, 26, was sentenced Monday to 110 consecutive years in prison
His defense attorney claimed that he did not know that the brakes on his truck were smoking or that he would not be able to stop. He also argued that Aguilera-Mederos’ actions were a series of negligent decisions and that he did not intend to hurt anyone.
But in October, a jury found him guilty of 27 criminal charges, including:
He sentenced Aguilera-Mederos to the lowest of the rank available to him on all 27 criminal charges, which must be served consecutively, reports the Denver Channel.
Aguilera-Mederos, of Texas, was working for a Houston-based trucking company at the time of the fatal accident, when he was driving an 18-wheeler loaded with lumber.
Prosecutors said he headed east on the interstate from the mountains at speeds of 85 mph. They say he swerved at times, too, forcing others to pull off the road before crashing into two dozen vehicles and causing a giant fireball, FOX 31 reports.
He left behind a scene of “significant carnage, just unbelievable,” Lakewood police spokesman Ty Countryman said at a news conference after the fatal accident, noting that some bodies were still in the rubble hours later, with a video showing stopped cars in all directions. as the huge fire spread, causing smoke to rise.
“This appears to be one of the worst accidents we’ve ever had here at Lakewood,” Countryman said.
Four victims died in the crash, including: Doyle Harrison, 61, of Hudson, Colorado; William Bailey, 67, of Arvadal; Miguel Angel Lamas Arrellano, 24, of Denver; and Staney Politano, 69, of Arvada.
Six others were taken to hospital for their injuries.
Four reckless driving charges that resulted in death He was also found guilty of 15 counts of attempted criminal battery in the first degree.
Before sentencing him Monday, Aguilera-Mederos pleaded with the judge to be lenient with him, breaking down in tears as he spoke.
‘It’s hard. This was a terrible accident, I know that, ”he said. I take responsibility, but it was an accident.
Smoke rose throughout the sky after the accident.
“I never thought of hurting anyone in my entire life and Jesus Christ, he knows it, he knows my heart,” he continued. “I am not a criminal, I am not a murderer.
The accident … it wasn’t intentional, it wasn’t intentional, your honor. I did everything I could as a man. I put myself in danger so as to harm anyone else. ”
He claimed that he tried to avoid traffic and noted that he did not flee after that “because I respect the laws.”