JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – The jury has found the truck driver accused of causing a fatal crash on Interstate 70 near Colorado Mills Mall in Lakewood guilty of the vehicular homicide charges for the four people who died. Rogel Aguilera-Mederos faced 41 charges total, including vehicular homicide, for the crash that killed four people in 2019.
The jury returned to the courtroom on Friday afternoon with the verdicts, guilty on a total of 27 counts:
4 counts of vehicular homicide, 6 counts of first-degree assault, 10 counts of attempt to commit assault in the first degree- extreme indifference, two counts of vehicular assault- reckless, one count of reckless driving, four counts of careless driving causing death.
The prosecution and defense made their closing arguments Friday morning in the case.
Aguilera-Mederos had pleaded not guilty to a total of 41 charges. During the trial, the defense painted a picture of Aguilera-Mederos, things happening so quickly he didn’t know what to do, and that he was a victim of a mechanical brake failure.
Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 13.