A truck driver who crashed into stopped traffic on a Colorado interstate last week, setting off a wreck that killed four people and seriously injured two others, was formally charged Friday with three dozen felony counts. He potentially faces decades in prison, a prosecutor said.
Rogel Lazaro Aguilera-Mederos, 23, is charged with 40 counts, including six counts of assault in the first degree and four counts of vehicular homicide, in the fiery April 25 crash on I-70 eastbound near Denver.
District Attorney Pete Weir said Aguilera was “driving extremely fast and in a reckless manner” in an area where the speed limit for commercial vehicles is 45 mph. The semi Aguilera was driving was estimated to have been going “in excess of 85 miles an hour,” the DA said.
“Mr. Aguilera was observed by a number of citizens driving recklessly, swerving through various lanes of the road,” Weir, the district attorney for Jefferson and Gilpin counties, said at a news conference Friday.