• Four counts of car murder
• Six counts of first-degree assault – extreme indifference
• Ten counts of attempted assault in the first degree – extreme indifference
• Two counts of vehicle assault – reckless
• Number one reckless driving
• Four counts of reckless driving that leads to death
A sentencing hearing is scheduled for December 13. Continue for our previous coverage.
The wheels of justice have surely moved slowly on a case Houston’s Rogel Aguilera Medeiros, truck driver in the middle of a 2019 crash on Interstate 70 near Colorado Mills Parkway As a result, four people were killed and ten others injured. But on October 14, the audience finally got a chance to hear Aguilera-Mederos talk in detail about what happened. He portrayed the incident as a horrific accident, and said his main regret was his inability to exchange places with the victims.
in his words, “I wish it was me.”
The first tweet about the accident from Colorado Department of Transportation, released at 5:38 p.m. on April 25, 2019, made the incident appear almost routine. The message reads: “I-70 EB: Crash at Exit 281-Poria Street. Passage crash blocks all lanes.”
At 5:54 p.m. CDOT updated the information with more detail: “I-70 EB/WB: Road closed at Exit 262-US 40; Colfax Ave. Closed both directions Colfax to Denver West, alternate routes include Colfax, 6th Avenue, or C-470. Expect long delays.” At 9:01 p.m., management added: “I-70 EB/WB: Road closed between Exit 261-US 6; 6 Ave and Exit 265-CO 58.”
The Lakewood Police Department He also provided Twitter updates throughout the evening. Early on, LPD revealed that there had been at least one death. But at 9:40 pm, the news became more grim: “The highway will remain closed all night at least. We can confirm that there have been many deaths and 6 others have been transferred to local hospitals.”
Another memo to the Lakewood Police Department stated: “The Denver West Parkway bridge over I-70 is believed to have sustained severe damage. There is still a fire at the scene with hot spots remaining.”
The victims were later identified as 24-year-old Miguel Angel Lamas Arellano; Doyle Harrison, 61, from Hudson. Arvadan William Bailey, 67 years old; and Stanley Politano, 69, also from Arvada. Meanwhile, Aguilera-Mediros was taken into custody, and on May 3, he was ultimately subject to 41 criminal charges, including four counts of reckless motor vehicle murder and six counts of first-degree assault.
During this period, Aguilera-Mederos’ reactions to these developments began to emerge on social media. On May 1, for example, his wife, Nalian Gonzalez, shared these words on social media: “God is with me. It’s not just what they do to me. “A few weeks later, a video surfaced (now deleted) and was quoted in Spanish translation as saying, ‘”You can’t imagine what it’s like when one’s at rock bottomAnd you see everyone’s love and how they come together to help.”
Before long, Aguilera-Medreros secured the services of attorney Rob Corry, best known as a marijuana attorney; On May 24, 2019 he told us so He felt his client had been seriously overpaid. but Corey’s Personal Problems – including Date of arrest that eventually led to a year-long ban from practicing law – It led to him withdrawing from the case in early 2020. Attorney James Colgan later took on the task of representing Aguilera-Mederos, but this was not a smooth path. On October 6 this year, the start of the trial was postponed because Colgan was injured in a car accident.
Once the proceedings finally began, prosecutors portrayed Aguilera Medeiros as a daredevil, while the defense team portrayed him as the victim of several mechanical problems with his truck. When those culminated in brake failure, Aguilera Medeiros testified, he considered several options, including driving on the grassy middle that separates eastward from westbound I-70. But he was afraid he would end up in the lane of oncoming traffic on the other side of the highway, he said, and thought hitting the bridge directly “would lead to an explosion.” He also claimed that he missed seeing a few signs of a runaway truck ramp. So he tried to slow down by swerving, but that didn’t prevent a fatal tragedy.
Closing arguments in the case are expected today, October 15.