Who is Rogel Aguilera-Mederos?
Rogel Aguilera-Mederos is a semi tractor-trailer driver from Houston. He was involved in a fatal accident in April 2019 which left four people dead and a number of people injured. He was initially sentenced to 110 years in prison but reduced to 10 years after the public protested the charges.
Rogel Aguilera-Mederos Age
Aguilera-Mederos is 26 years old as of 2021.
Why was Rogel Aguilera-Mederos Arrested
Rogel was traveling 85 mph on a Colorado freeway when his brakes failed in April 2019. The Lakewood Police Department said he crashed, resulting in a fiery 28-car pileup on I-70, killing four people and injuring others.
Aguilera-Mederos was working for a Houston-based trucking company, hauling lumber at the time of the fatal crash in April 2019
Prosecutors said he was eastbound coming down the interstate from the mountains about 85mph.
They said he swerved at times, forcing others off the road before he crashed into two dozen vehicles causing a giant fireball, FOX 31 reports.
It left behind a scene of ‘significant, just unbelievable carnage,’ Lakewood Police Spokesman Ty Countryman said during a news conference following the crash, noting that some bodies were still in the wreckage hours later.
Video showed cars stopped in every direction as the huge fire spread, sending smoke billowing.
Those killed in the crash were Doyle Harrison, 61, of Hudson, Colorado; William Bailey, 67, of Arvadal; Miguel Angel Lamas Arrellano, 24, of Denver; and Stanley Politano, 69, of Arvada.
Six others were taken to the hospital.
He was originally sentenced to 110 years in prison for his role in causing a fiery 28-car crash in Jefferson County, could get a shorter sentence. … Aguilera-Mederos was found guilty of 24 charges on April 25, 2019, crash that killed four people on Interstate 70.
“As the jury found, Mr. Aguilera-Mederos knowingly made multiple active choices that resulted in the death of four people, serious injuries to others, and mass destruction. This sentencing range reflects an appropriate outcome for that conduct, which was not an accident.”
Aguilera-Mederos, 26, was sentenced to 110 years in prison on December 13 after he slammed into two dozen vehicles with his semi on I-70 in Lakewood, Colorado, causing a multi-car pileup that killed four victims and injured others involved.
He was found guilty on 27 of 42 charges against him in Jefferson County Court in October.
The case has since received national attention and an online petition was signed by nearly five million people to grant Aguilera-Mederos clemency or offer him commutation.
Rogel Aguilera-Mederos Charges
- Four counts of vehicular homicide
- Two counts of vehicular assault
- Six counts of assault in the first-degree with extreme indifference
- 10 counts of criminal attempt to commit assault in the first degree
- One count of reckless driving
- Four counts of careless driving causing death
Rogel Aguilera-Mederos Background
Family, Parents, Siblings
Aguilera-Mederos is a Cuban immigrant born and raised by his parents in the United States. His mother Oslaida Mederos has been at the forefront fighting for her son’s innocence and a lesser sentence.
Speaking to ABC, her mother Osladia said;
feel very sad for the people who lost their lives,’ Mederos told the network. ‘And my son is suffering from it, as well as I am.
‘We are Christians, we believe in God and we pray for them. He is a good boy.’
Rogel is reportedly married to Nailan Gonzalez and together they have two children.
Rogel Aguilera-Mederos Job
Mederos worked as a truck driver for a Houston-based trucking company.