Rogel Lazaro Aguilera-Mederos was behind the wheel of the semi in April
2019, traveling at
85 mph, when the brakes failed
, he told investigators at the time
. He tried to pull over to the shoulder to avoid stopped traffic but another semi had already stopped there
, de acuerdo con una declaración jurada de arresto.
The fiery 28-vehicle crash killed four people and injured several others, the Lakewood Police Department said at the time.
The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office identified the victims as Colorado residents: Doyle Harrison, 61, of Hudson; William Bailey, 67, of Arvada; Miguel Angel Lamas Arellano, 24, of Denver; and Stanley Politano, 69, of Arvada.
A witness told police that Aguilera-Mederos was “wide eyed” y “with a terrified look on his face” moments before the accident, according to the affidavit.
There was no evidence of drugs or alcohol in the crash, authorities said at the time.