Did Trucker Try To Run? DA Files Motion To Have Him Tracked By GPS
Denver, Colorado – The case against 23-year-old Rogel Lazaro Aguilera-Mederos took another dramatic twist on Monday as prosecutors made yet another serious allegation against the truck driver who they say caused the deaths of 4 people and critically injured 6 more in the fiery crash along I-70 last month.
He was being held on $400,000 bond after Deputy District Attorney Kate Knowles’ request for $500,000 cash-only bail was denied by District Judge Chris Zenisek during an April 27 court hearing.
Family members of Mederos immediately began raising money through online campaigns to help spring the truck driver from jail and fund his defense effort.
Documents reveal Mederos’ family was able to come up with the $40,000 (10% of bond amount) to contract with a bail bonds company in order to have him released.
Prosecutors in the case are not taking the new developments lightly.
Fearing Mederos might run, prosecutors filed a motion on Monday to have him tracked by a GPS ankle monitor.
Further, in the motion filed on Monday, prosecutors also dropped another potential bombshell in the case.
“The People’s investigation has revealed that the Defendant attempted to flee the scene of the collision, this was previously unknown at the time of the original bond setting,” the District Attorney’s motion said.
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Mederos came to the United States only 2 years ago and is living here on a green card.
He has family in both Houston, TX and Miami, FL, but prosecutors are concerned he may flee due to his lack of ties to Colorado and the seriousness of the consequences he is facing should he be convicted on the 40 charges including 36 felony counts.
As part of the conditions for Mederos’ release, he must stay in Colorado, not operate a commercial vehicle and surrender his Cuban passport.
Robert Corry, Mederos’ legal counsel, told Judge Zenisek during the April 27 hearing that Mederos’ Cuban passport, driver’s license and green card were “incinerated” in the crash.
Further, Corry claimed obtaining a new Cuban passport would be “incredibly difficult” which he argued was another reason Mederos was not a “flight risk.”
It is unclear at this time where Mederos is and whether he has remained in Colorado.
The judge agreed to hold a hearing on the prosecution’s latest motion, but has not yet set a date or time for that hearing to take place.
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