The semi truck hit about 28 automobiles and vans alongside Interstate 70 on Thursday close to Denver, killing a minimum of 4 folks and leaving a number of others injured, police stated.
Aguilera-Mederos, 23, is being held on 4 counts of vehicular murder in reference to the crash. He briefly appeared in court docket Saturday and a decide ordered his bond to be set at $400,000. Formal expenses haven’t but been filed, pending the outcomes of the investigation.
Investigators say Aguilera-Mederos instructed them he was driving at 85 mph when the brakes failed. He tried to drag over to the shoulder to keep away from stopped visitors however one other semi had stopped there, an arrest affidavit reveals.
“Rogel stated he thought he was going to die so he closed his eyes earlier than hitting the stopped visitors,” the doc states.
A witness instructed police that previous to the crash, he seen one thing was unsuitable when he noticed Aguilera-Mederos “extensive eyed” and “with a terrified look on his face,” the affidavit states.
After Saturday’s listening to, Robert Corry, an lawyer representing Aguilera-Mederos, stated his shopper was in “deep sorrow” and was cooperating with police.
“It can’t be overstated, the diploma to which he feels sorrow for this totally tragic accident,” Corry stated. “All people agrees it was an accident. Legislation enforcement agrees it was an accident. All people who has been investigating or has checked out it believes it was an accident, and it is tragic.”
Authorities had stated there was no proof of medicine or alcohol within the crash.
Lakewood Police Division Agent Ty Countryman stated investigators are trying into whether or not there have been any mechanical points with the truck, however stated he believed that vehicular manslaughter expenses would nonetheless stick if a mechanical situation is confirmed.
Aguilera-Mederos has a business driver’s license from Texas. The suspect’s brother, Daniel Aguilera, stated Rogel is Cuban and is a everlasting resident of the USA.
‘Startled and in shock’
Folks crawled out of the automobiles and pulled out those that had been trapped as flames shot up the wreckage surrounded by piles of lumber.
4 folks died whereas trapped of their automobiles and their stays had been past recognition, court docket paperwork stated. Authorities haven’t launched their names.
Josh McCutcheon, who caught the crash on video, instructed CNN sister community HLN he had by no means seen such devastation. He is doing effective now, he stated, however he was “startled and in shock” when he noticed the lethal pileup, the explosions and the plumes of smoke.
“Oh, my God,” he shouted when it occurred.
McCutcheon praised a “good Samaritan” for pulling folks out of automobiles.
“That is a real hero,” he stated of the person, who had been panhandling within the space.
“It simply caught on hearth. And I simply dropped my signal, took off working,” Barton stated. “As quickly as I (noticed) flames, I headed beneath the bridge, grabbed three or 4 folks out of a pair automobiles.”
It is unclear what made the automobiles ignite, Countryman has stated, including that he doesn’t know what was within the semis aside from the one which seemed to be carrying lumber.
“That is seeking to be one of many worst accidents we have had right here in Lakewood,” he stated.
The Denver West Parkway bridge over I-70 sustained vital structural harm from the hearth, authorities stated.
Lakewood is about 10 miles from Denver.