“It’s hard to live with this trauma. I can’t sleep, I keep thinking about the victims,” he said. “… I know it was a terrible accident. I take responsibility. But it wasn’t intentional.”
The driver of a semi-truck that crashed into stopped traffic on a Colorado interstate two years ago, killing four people and injuring others, was sentenced Monday to 110 years in prison.
Aguilera-Mederos, who claimed his brakes failed before the accident, was convicted in October of 42 counts, including vehicular homicide and first-degree assault, a local publication noted. He was also found guilty of several counts of reckless driving, reckless driving and vehicular assault.
Before he was sentenced Monday, Aguilera-Mederos broke down as he addressed Judge Bruce Jones and the sobbing relatives of the people he killed.
“I apologize to everyone,” he said in Jefferson County court, according to footage from KDVR .
“It’s hard to live with this … Part of me will be gone forever, too,” he continued.
“I didn’t rob a bank or a store. I wasn’t shooting at a crowd or a school. I wasn’t under the influence of drugs or alcohol … I was working for a better future for my family,” he said.
The four men who died were all from Colorado: Doyle Harrison, 61, William Bailey, 67, Miguel Angel Lamas Arrellano, 24, and Stanley Politano, 69.
The trucking community had different reactions to the verdict. Many said the judge understood and that Aguilera-Mederos deserved compensation for his negligence. Others pointed to the young driver’s inexperience and lack of intent to cause harm. Others said that being a professional CDL driver comes with increased responsibility. The trucking community reacted differently to the verdict. Many said the judge understood and that Aguilera-Mederos deserved compensation for his negligence. Others pointed to the young driver’s inexperience and lack of intent to cause harm. Others said that being a professional CDL driver comes with an increased level of responsibility.
So what does the trucking community have to say about him:
“Good!! He definitely deserves it.. We don’t need these type of drivers,” said Tammy C Pingleton.
“Conflicted here. 100 years. That’s life. Yes I know, he took lives. The man was clearly distraught. I don’t believe he did this on purpose. Yet as a professional…I remember my first time thru the 70 mountain corridor. Lucky for me, I’m from CO, know the road. Bottom line: no one really trained me for it. I took it slow. Still do, as other “professionals” fly by. So remember this verdict. 100 years, for doing his job, poorly at best. Remember this next time you ignore the speed limit signs,” Jim Paetow said.
“THIS IS WHY COMPANIES NEED TO BE STRICTER ON WHO THEY HIRE!!! I’ve seen way too many companies just put anybody in that driver seat!!! So many people think being a driver is so easy they have NO IDEA how much responsibility is placed upon the driver,” said Michelle Miller.