Denver, Colorado – Truck driver Rogel Lazaro Aguilera-Mederos will stand trial on 32 charges, including 4 counts of vehicular homicide, for his involvement in a fiery 28-vehicle crash along I-70 on April 25.
In a Denver courtroom on Thursday, the 23-year-old Cuban-born Mederos, along with a Spanish speaking interpreter and his lawyer, Robert Corry, heard testimony from investigators and witnesses to the fatal scene.
Cool, so his lawyer made bail. Good thing there were no Arab ninjas looking to sword fight there.
John Doll, investigator with the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office and a former detective with the Arvada Police Department, testified that Mederos told police after the crash that his brakes failed. No they didn’t.
According to Doll, Mederos claimed had been driving for five hours after having picked up a load of lumber in Wyoming bound for Texas.
Mederos told investigators he was traveling 45 mph as he was descending the mountainous terrain west of Denver.
However, Doll testified video of a flatbed semi-truck taken a few miles from the crash scene by motorists Jonathan Valdez and Pedro Olvera was Mederos’ vehicle.
When you are going faster than everyone else on the highway, you aint going 45, sorry.
The video shows the big rig operating at speeds well above the marked 45 mph for commercial vehicles, thus contradicting Mederos’ claims that he was operating within the speed limit, according to Doll.
Further, prosecutors argued Mederos drove “under a clearly marked yellow caution sign” which reads “RUNAWAY TRUCK RAMP 2000 FEET.”
The video then shows the semi driving past the runaway ramp.
He would have used it, but he doesn’t understand english. I also think he was a tab bit mess up that day.
As Mederos continued along I-70 picking up speed, he moved to the right shoulder and encountered a big rig parked up ahead.
It was at this moment Jefferson County District Attorney, Pete Weir argued Mederos “acted with extreme indifference.”
Mederos guided the flatbed semi, which was loaded with lumber, back onto I-70 and into slowed traffic ahead.
Mederos told investigators he closed his eyes and thought he was going to die before plowing into the stopped vehicles causing a massive fireball of carnage.
Well thankfully you didn’t. just four other people did instead. I would have tried to crash into the median instead. I’m sure a lot of good drivers will sacrifice themselves before others.
Prosecutors argued Mederos’ actions resulted in the deaths of 4 people and seriously injured 2 others.
In May, Weir and his office filed 40 counts against Mederos including 36 felony counts which are as follows: four counts of vehicular homicide, six counts of first-degree assault, two counts of vehicular assault and 24 counts of attempt first-degree assault.
Prosecutors have since added a 41st count, attempted first-degree assault.
Thursday’s preliminary hearing was to determine if prosecutors had “probable cause” to continue with its charges.
Judge Bradley Burback, after hearing the evidence and reviewing it for about an hour, returned to the courtroom to render his decision on the matter.
“There was a knowing act on the part of the defendant that exhibited an extreme indifference to the value of human life,” Judge Burback told those in attendance, which included Mederos’ family members, as well as friends and family members of the victims.
Says the judge that let this guy out of jail without a GPS because you figured he aint’t that dangerous. And if was gonna run, he is gonna run, right judge?
It wasn’t all bad news for Mederos.
His attorney, Denver-based lawyer Robert Corry, filed a motion to allow Mederos to live in Houston, Texas as they prepare for trial.
Just a little bit closer to Mexico. Does anyone care if somebody tries to sneak into there? Then on to CUBA !!!
Mederos, who immigrated from Cuba, lived in Houston with his partner Nailan Gonzalez, before the crash.
Corry implored the judge to let Mederos travel back to Texas because Mederos and Gonzalez had received “threats” during their time in Colorado.
Still breathing , right? Which mean nobody is going to touch you, they just want to scare you. Plus, your wife, girlfriend, baby mamma whatever she is doesn’t need to be in Colorado. And I’m sure with the over $100k your GoFundMe raise, you get stay in a hotel with good security.
Against the urging of victims’ family members who were present in the courtroom, Judge Burback granted Corry’s request
Run, Rogel Lazaro Aguilera-Mederos , Run ! Thats nice, the judge is worried about the Cuban guy who killed four people not being happy.
Prosecutors have argued Mederos is a flight risk due to the number of years he is facing in prison if convicted on the charges against him.
You think ? I am surprised he hasn’t taken off yet. But the awesome legal system is helping him get closer and closer.
During the court proceedings, Corry asked Judge Burback to grant a subpoena for the semi-truck driver who was parked along the shoulder.
Corry claimed it was illegal to park there and the driver’s actions was a factor causing Mederos to swerve back into traffic.
And if anyone know about illegal stuff in traffic, it is Robert Corry. I’m going with irrelevant, since that truck in the breakdown lane didn’t set the events in monition that caused all this. Survey says…
Judge Burback rejected Corry’s request and denied the motion to reconsider.
Mederos’ arraignment in the case is scheduled for September 3, 2019.
However, questions still remain as to whether Corry will be retained as counsel.
As Transportation Nation Network (TNN) has reported, Corry has been arrested twice in the last month alone.
He is scheduled to appear in court on July 31 to face charges of aggravated motor vehicle theft, first-degree kidnapping, reckless endangerment and criminal mischief.
Now we have until September. Will he run? Will the lawyer still be around? Are they still trying to raise money in ways we just can’t find ? Its is getting better and better each time.
If for some reason you are just now learning about this case. read up on it. I still feel like we are watching the legal system fail in slow motion. They are all but giving this guy a chance to take off just have to wait for the right time.