Texas man accused in fatal Colorado crash appears in court

Mail Online | 4/27/2019 | Michelle Curran For Dailymail.com;Associated Press
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The driver of a speeding semitrailer who allegedly caused a 28-vehicle crash which killed at least four people and injured six has appeared in court.

The truck driver, 23-year-old Rogel Lazaro Aguilera-Mederos, of Houston, Texas, made his first court appearance Saturday after being arrested on suspicion of vehicular homicide.

Court - Documents - Saturday - Aguilera-Mederos - Truck

According to court documents released Saturday Aguilera-Mederos appeared to be 'wide eyed' and 'terrified' as he passed a truck ramp before plowing into other vehicles on a crowded highway near Denver.

State District Judge Chris Zenisek set $400,000 bond. Aguilera-Mederos, who suffered minor injuries in the crash, didn't speak during the hearing.

Denver - Attorney - Robert - Corry - Comment

He was represented by Denver attorney Robert Corry, who couldn't be reached for comment afterward.

Deputy District Attorney Kate Knowles had recommended a $500,000 bond, citing Aguilera-Mederos' status as a green card holder from Cuba with no ties to Colorado and the seriousness of the wreck.

Court - Hearing - May - Prosecutors - Charges

His next court hearing is set for May 3, when prosecutors are expected to file charges against Aguilera-Mederos, who remains in the Jefferson County jail.

The fiery crash happened Thursday on Interstate 70 where the highway descends from the Rocky Mountains and involved 28 vehicles.

Collision - Degrees - Fahrenheit - Fireball - Road

The massive collision sparked a 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit fireball which melted the road and metal on cars.

According to the arrest affidavit in the case, Aguilera-Mederos, who holds a commercial driver's licence, told investigators that his brakes had failed on his truck that was hauling lumber and he noticed his truck was traveling 85 mph (136.7 kph) before the crash.


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