Judge: Suspect in I-70 crash that killed 4 will not have to wear ankle monitor

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — The trucker suspected of causing a fiery crash that killed four people on Interstate 70 in Lakewood last month will not have to wear an ankle monitor.

A judge ruled Friday that Rogel Aguilera-Mederos is not considered a flight risk, so he will not have to wear a tracking device.

Aguilera-Mederos is charged with four counts of vehicular homicide, six counts of first-degree assault and 24 counts of attempted first-degree assault. He is the only person accused in the April 25 crash that occurred near the Denver West exit of eastbound I-70. It involved 24 passenger vehicles and four semi-trailers.

On May 18, Aguilera-Mederos posted bail, which had been set at $500,000.

He was born in Cuba and was living legally in Houston before the crash.

Earlier this month, Aguilera-Mederos’ defense attorney Rob Corry said there is no risk of his client fleeing.

“He is committed to seeing this through, one way or the other,” Corry said.

According to an arrest affidavit, Aguilera-Mederos told investigators that the brakes on his semi failed and that he was going more than 80 mph at the time of the crash.

Investigators reviewed a number of videos that appeared to show Aguilera-Mederos out of control, including one filmed by Pedro Olvera. That video appeared to show Aguilera-Mederos passing a runaway truck ramp and signs warning truckers about steep grades as the interstate winds into the Denver area.

Another video captured by a YouTuber shows a semi speeding down the shoulder of the interstate moments before the crash occurred.

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