Petition seeks clemency for driver in 2019 Colorado fatal crash

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An online petition asking for clemency for a trucker involved in a 2019 accident that killed four motorists has drawn significant public attention. petition has received more than 3.7 million signatures as of this morning and asks Colorado Gov. Jared Polis for commutation as time served or clemency for Rogel Lazaro Aguilera-Mederos. In the crash, Aguilera-Mederos' flatbed loaded with lumber was traveling eastbound on I-70, lost his brakes and missed a runaway truck ramp before piling into stopped traffic.

Aguilera-Mederos was found guilty in October on four counts of vehicular homicide, six counts of first-degree assault, 10 counts of attempted first-degree assault, four counts of careless driving causing death, two counts of vehicular assault and one count of reckless driving. The trucking company Aguilera-Mederos drove for at the time of the crash, Castellano 03 Trucking, inactivated its motor carrier authority shortly after the crash and was a target of several suits in the aftermath. 

According to a report from the Denver Post, Colorado’s sentencing laws took discretion out of the hands of District Court Judge Bruce Jones in the driver's sentencing. Under Colorado law, first-degree assault and attempted first-degree assault are “crimes of violence,” and prison sentences must run consecutively rather than concurrently when they arise from the same incident.