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Truck driver in fiery I-70 pileup released on bond


A truck driver accused of causing a fatal pileup on I-70 in Colorado has been released from jail after paying thousands of dollars worth of bond — thanks to help from fundraisers.

Twenty-three year old truck driver Rogel Lazaro Aguilera-Mederos left jail on the night of Saturday, May 18, after he was able to bond out.

Trucker faces homicide charges in 28 vehicle crash that claimed multiple lives

Aguilera-Mederos’s bond was set at $400,000. His family says that the bond money came from online fundraisers, according to KHOU.

Aguilera-Medero is facing 40 charges — most of them felonies — in connection to an April 25 crash on I-70 near Lakewood, Colorado, that left four people dead and several others injured after he plowed into slowed traffic in the eastbound lanes of the interstate, triggering a 28 vehicle pileup.

Aguilera-Mederos told police through a translator that he crashed after his brakes failed. Officials say that his truck was so badly damaged by the fiery crash that it is impossible to conduct a mechanical inspection.

Aguilera-Mederos was driving for Houston based trucking company Castellano 03 Trucking LLC at the time of the crash.

Video captured at the scene appears to show Aguilera-Mederos driving erratically and bypassing runaway truck ramps.

Aguilera-Mederos is set to appear in court again for a preliminary hearing on July 11.


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