Supplied by Lakewood Police Division

Rogel Lazaro Aguilera-Mederos

The vehicular murder trial for a Texas trucker who misplaced his brakes on Interstate 70 whereas descending from Colorado’s excessive nation and prompted a 28-vehicle crash that killed 4 individuals will begin Friday, greater than two-and-a-half years after the fiery wreck.

Truck driver Rogel Lazaro Aguilera-Mederos, now 25, faces 41 prices in reference to the incident, together with each assault and vehicular murder. He’s dealing with many years in jail if convicted of all prices.

On April 25, 2019, his semitrailer filled with lumber barreled down Interstate 70 at speeds topping 85 mph, swerving and forcing different automobiles off the street earlier than operating into standstill site visitors underneath a bridge close to Colorado Mills Parkway in Lakewood.

The crash prompted a number of explosions and really intense fires because the lumber in Aguilera-Mederos’ rig combined with spilled gasoline and ignited. The fires introduced temperatures on the freeway’s floor to greater than 2,500 levels.

4 individuals have been killed — Miguel Angel Lamas Arellano, 24, William Bailey, 67, Doyle Harrison, 61, and Stanley Politano, 69 — and 6 others injured.

Survivors detailed the horror of seeing a truck barrel into stopped site visitors, the fear of burning steel and screaming commuters. Others remembered being pulled from their vehicles by good Samaritans and carried to security.

Aguilera-Mederos, who escaped with minor accidents, missed a number of runaway truck ramps on his means down the steep stretch of interstate, video taken by witnesses exhibits. Prosecutors stated Aguilera-Mederos, who was 23 on the time, tried to use each the truck’s brakes and its emergency brake, with no impact.