The Case Against The Truck Driver In April’s Deadly I-70 Crash Will Go To Trial

July 11, 2019
Workers clear debris from the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 on Friday, April 26, 2019, in Lakewood, Colo., a deadly pileup involving semi-truck hauling lumber on Thursday. Lakewood police spokesman John Romero described it as a chain reaction of crashes and explosions from ruptured gas tanks. "It was crash, crash, crash and explosion, explosion, explosion," he said.Workers clear debris from the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 on Friday, April 26, 2019, in Lakewood, Colo., a deadly pileup involving semi-truck hauling lumber on Thursday. Lakewood police spokesman John Romero described it as a chain reaction of crashes and explosions from ruptured gas tanks. "It was crash, crash, crash and explosion, explosion, explosion," he said.AP Photo/David Zalubowski
Workers clear debris from the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 on Friday, April 26, 2019, in Lakewood, Colo., a deadly pileup involving semi-truck hauling lumber on Thursday. Lakewood police spokesman John Romero described it as a chain reaction of crashes and explosions from ruptured gas tanks. "It was crash, crash, crash and explosion, explosion, explosion," he said.

A truck driver accused of causing a fiery pileup that killed four people on a Colorado highway will be allowed to live out of state as prosecutors continue pursuing criminal charges against the Texas man.

A Jefferson County judge also determined Thursday that there is enough evidence for Rogel Lazaro Aguilera-Mederos to stand trial on four counts of vehicular homicide and other charges in the April 25 collision near Denver.

Police have said the truck was driving at least 85 mph on a section of Interstate 70 just after it descends from mountains west of Denver and where commercial vehicles are limited to 45 mph.

Aguilera-Mederos' attorney has said that the truck's brakes malfunctioned and the crash was an accident.