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.
He steered the truck to the fitting shoulder and saved dashing down the interstate till a semitrailer blocked the shoulder forward. It was then that Aguilera-Mederos turned his truck into stopped site visitors, inflicting the catastrophic 28-vehicle pileup.
His protection lawyer, James Colgan, declined to remark Wednesday. Prior to now, Aguilera-Mederos’ authorized counsel has argued the crash was a tragic, unavoidable accident brought on by mechanical malfunctions.
A month after the wreck, in Might 2019, Aguilera-Mederos supplied condolences to the households of the victims in a video on Fb and thanked individuals who had donated cash to his authorized protection.
Jury choice within the trial is predicted to final about two days, with opening statements prone to occur Tuesday. The trial is scheduled to final three weeks.
Denver Submit reporter Sam Tabachnik contributed to this report.