The revelation of the sentencing of Rogel Aguilera Medeiros, a 26-year-old Cuban who killed four people in a road accident in 2019, on Monday (13), caused an uproar and led to a petition on Change.org. . With more than 3 million signatures to date, the document calls for justice for the young man, sentenced to 110 years in prison, to Colorado Governor Jared Polis.
On April 25, 2019, Aguilera Medeiros was driving along Interstate 70, near a shopping center west of Denver, the capital of Colorado, when she lost control of a freight truck and took it off a steep incline.
According to the investigators in the case, the parking brake began to heat up excessively, and even in the face of smoke rising from the car, the young man did not brake. At one point, the brakes failed completely. That’s when Aguilera-Mederos collided with several other vehicles that were parked on the highway, causing the tragedy.
The effect was so strong that it ignited a fire of great proportions. At the time, newspapers reported that the asphalt of the highway had melted instantly. Investigators say the young man did not use the escape ramp to stop the truck, which could have prevented the accident.
The victims are Miguel Angel Lamas Arellano, 24, Doyle Harrison, 61, William Bailey, 67, and Stanley Politano, 69. According to Aguilera-Mederos’ testimony, he thought he would also die and closed his eyes before hitting the parked cars.
Prosecutors in the case say the young man had several opportunities to avoid the tragedy and that his poor decisions caused the accident. So the jury found him guilty of six counts of first-degree assault due to “extreme indifference”; ten counts of attempted assault in the first degree due to “extreme indifference”; two counts of assaulting vehicles; One count of reckless driving and four counts of reckless driving causing death.
Duane Bailey, the brother of one of the victims, told the local Denver Post that Aguilera-Mediros “made the free and deliberate decision” and that she considered her life “more important than anyone else on the road that day.”
Gage Evans, the widow of another victim, told local television that the young man deserved a conviction and was “relieved” by the sentence. During the trial, he cried and apologized to the families of the victims and said he was not a murderer.
Aguilera-Mederos has an opportunity to commute her sentence within 91 days of entering the Department of Corrections, at which time the agency will report on its assessment. If you believe the case relates to “atypical and extenuating circumstances”, the judgment will be submitted for analysis.
A spokesperson for Polis told 9News he is aware of the petition and that the governor and his staff are looking into each request for clemency individually. However, it is not known whether a request for clemency has been made.
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