4 Million People Sign Petition To Release Truck Driver Sentenced To 110 Years In Prison Over Deadly Crash

4 Million People Sign Petition To Release Truck Driver Sentenced To 110 Years In Prison Over Deadly Crash Lakewood Police Department

A Colorado truck driver who was sentenced to 110 years in prison for a 2019 crash that killed four people and injured several others is finding support from the public. At the time of writing, more than 4.5 million people have signed a petition to Governor Jared Polis to grant clemency to 23-year-old Roger Aguilera-Mederos or a commutation for time served, and those numbers are going up every minute.

  1. It was a horrific tragedy but an accidental one. Heather Gilbee, who created the Change.org petition, pointed out that by advocating for Aguilera-Mederos, she’s in no way belittling the fact that people died. “We are not trying to make it seem any less of a tragic accident that it is because yes, lives were lost,” she said.
  2. The prosecution has always placed the blame firmly on Aguilera-Mederos. In April 2019, the truck he was driving lost its breaks. That in and of itself is unfortunate and no fault of Aguilera-Mederos. However, the prosecution heavily relied on the fact that Aguilera-Mederos passed one of the state’s runway truck ramps as he came down from the mountains.
  3. The crash was catastrophic. After losing control of his truck, he crashed into multiple cars stopped on I-70 in Lakewood and a massive fire broke out. The highway had to be shut down for 24 hours and 24-year-old Miguel Angel Lamas Arellano, 67-year-old William Bailey, 61-year-old Doyle Harrison, and 69-year-old Stanley Politano lost their lives.
  4. Aguilera-Mederos was convicted of 27 counts, one of the most serious being vehicular homicide. Before he was handed his 110-year sentence, Aguilera-Mederos insisted that he did everything in his power to avoid hitting the cars on the road but was unable to do so. “My life is not a happy life. It is a very sad life because four people died,” he told CBS Denver, adding that he wished he’d died instead of the four victims.
  5. Governor Polis’s office says they’re open to hearing any credible arguments on Aguilera-Mederos’s behalf. However, it’s unclear whether the petition itself will make much difference. “We welcome an application” from the defense “and will expedite consideration,” a spokesperson for the office said.
Jennifer has been the managing editor of Bolde since its launch in 2014. Before that, she was the founding editor of HelloGiggles and also worked as an entertainment writer for Bustle and Digital Spy. Her work has been published in Bon Appetit, Decider, Vanity Fair, The New York TImes, and many more.
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