JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — The trucker suspected of inducing a fiery crash that killed four people on Interstate 70 in Lakewood last month won’t need to wear an ankle monitor.
A judge ruled Friday the Rogel Aguilera-Mederos isn’t considered a wreck, so that he won’t need to wear a tracking device.
Aguilera-Mederos is charged with four counts of vehicular homicide, six counts of first-degree attack and 24 counts of attempted first-degree assault. He is the sole man accused in the April 25 crash which happened near the Denver West exit of eastbound I-70. It involved 24 passenger vehicles along with four semi-trailers.
On May 18, Aguilera-Mederos posted bond, which was put at $500,000.
He had been born in Cuba and was living legally in Houston prior to the crash.
Earlier this month,” Aguilera-Mederos’ defense attorney Rob Corry said there is no risk of his client fleeing.
“He is committed to seeing this through, one way or the other,” Corry said.
According to an arrest affidavit, Aguilera-Mederos told researchers the brakes in his semi automatic failed and he had been going more than 80 mph at the time of this crash.
Investigators reviewed a number of videos that appeared to reveal Aguilera-Mederos from control, including one filmed by Pedro Olvera. That movie appeared to reveal Aguilera-Mederos passing a runaway truck ramp and signs warning truckers about extreme levels since the interstate slopes into the Denver area.
Another movie captured with a YouTuber indicates a semi speeding down the shoulder of the interstate minutes before the crash happened.
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