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Truck Driver – CNN


Rogel Lazaro Aguilera-Mederos was behind the wheel of the semi-trailer in April 2019, traveling at 85 mph, when the brakes failed, he told investigators at the time. He tried to pull over to the shoulder to avoid the traffic stopping but another tractor-trailer had already stopped there, according to an arrest affidavit.

Aguilera-Mederos, 26, told investigators “he thought he was going to die so he closed his eyes before hitting stopped traffic,” the affidavit reads.

In addition to four counts of homicide and driving, Aguilera-Mederos was convicted of 23 other counts, according to the Colorado Judicial District Attorney’s First Office: six counts of first degree assault – extreme indifference; 10 counts of attempted assault in the first degree – extreme indifference; two counts of assault on the vehicle – reckless; one count of reckless driving; and four counts of reckless driving causing death.

His sentencing hearing is set for December 13.

The 28-vehicle flaming crash killed four people and injured several more, the Lakewood Police Department said at the time.

The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office identified the victims as Colorado residents: Doyle Harrison, 61, of Hudson; William Bailey, 67, from Arvada; Miguel Angel Lamas Arellano, 24, of Denver; and Stanley Politano, 69, from Arvada.

A witness told police that Aguilera-Mederos had “wide eyes” and “a terrified look on his face” moments before the accident, according to the affidavit.

There was no evidence of drugs or alcohol in the crash, authorities said at the time.

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