On April 25, 23 year old truck driver Rogel Aguilera-Mederos caused a fatal chain reaction crash on I-70 near, Lakewood Colorado, involving 24 passenger vehicles and 4 semi trucks. The crash resulted in four fatalities and two people were seriously injured.
Aguilera-Mederos appeared in Jefferson County Court, yesterday, in Colorado for a preliminary hearing on his role in the crash. Aguilera-Mederos defence attorney originally blamed the crash on faulty brakes. Then he later tried to blame another truck driver.
Rob Corry, Aguilera-Mederos attorney, stated during the hearing that another truck driver that was parked on the shoulder of I-70 is actually to blame for the accident. Corry continued to claim the other driver was to blame, “he parked his semi on the shoulder of the road, thereby blocking the safe route through this stop-and-go accident and really was the proximate cause of the accident but is not charged with any traffic offense and it’s illegal to park on the shoulder.” However, the counterargument stated that Aguilera-Mederos was seen traveling I-70 in similar traffic at least three times as he chose not to take the safe route before.
Aguilera-Mederos is currently facing 41 charges, including vehicular homicide and remains free on bond.