A Cuban trucker is sentenced in the US to 110 years in prison because of a traffic accident occurred on April 25, 2019 where he killed four people and injured six others on Interstate 70 west of Denver, United States.
It was the District Court Judge Bruce Jones that imposed the sentence against Rogel Aguilera-Mederos, 26, after determining that it was the mandatory minimum term established by state law.
The Cuban is sentenced in the US to 110 years in prison for vehicular manslaughter and other charges derived from the traffic accident. Rogel Aguilera-Mederos testified that the brakes on his semitrailer failed before colliding with vehicles that had slowed down due to another accident in the Denver suburb of Lakewood.
Cuban is sentenced in the US to 110 years in prison
Prosecutors argued that he could have used one of several runaway vehicle ramps when his truck was traveling from the mountains and prevented the deaths of the victims.
Damages and victims
- The accident caused a chain reaction
- Broke gas tanks
- Setting off flames that consumed multiple vehicles
- Parts of the road melted
- The initial impact caused a chain reaction accident of 28 vehicles.
- The dead were identified as Miguel Angel Lamas Arellano, 24 years old
- 67-year-old William Bailey
- 61-year-old Doyle Harrison
- 69-year-old Stanley Politano
Doyle Harrison’s widow, Kathleen Harrison, said: “Sometimes it feels like half a person when you lose your spouse”. “We were a team.”
Conviction of Cuban driver in the US
A Cuban is sentenced in the United States to 110 years in prison, this when adding the charges in which he was found guilty.
- Four counts of vehicular manslaughter
- Six counts of assault in the first degree
- 10 counts of attempted assault in the first degree
- Four charges of careless driving that caused death
- Two counts of vehicular assault
- A charge of reckless driving
Aguilera-Mederos, who was hauling lumber on April 25, 2019, was traveling at least 85 mph (137 kph) on a portion of the interstate where commercial vehicles are limited to 45 mph (72 kph) due to a sharp drop in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, according to the researchers.
But police said that just before the accident, the truck went down a ramp on the side of the interstate that is designed to safely stop trucks and other vehicles that have lost their brakes.
After hearing the sentence and learning that the Cuban is sentenced in the United States to 110 years in prison, Aguilera-Mederos wept as he said: “I am not a criminal,” he said. “I am not a murderer. I am not a murderer. When I look at my charges, we are talking about a murderer, which is not me. I never thought of hurting anyone in my entire life.”