Survivor Files Lawsuit in Aftermath of Deadly I-70 Crash
Denver, Colorado – A survivor who says she suffered permanent and disfiguring injuries from the fiery 28-vehicle crash that took the lives of four people along I-70 in April has filed a lawsuit against the truck driver and trucking company she says is to blame.
Survivor of the crash, Leslie Ross, has filed the first of what is likely many lawsuits stemming from the April 25 deadly crash along eastbound I-70.
Ross filed the suit in Jefferson County District Court and named 23-year-old Rogel Lazaro Aguilera-Mederos, his employer, Castellano 03 Trucking LLC, and Progressive Direct Insurance as defendants.
The complaint says Ross was stopped in traffic in a 2013 Ford Escape at approximately 4:50 p.m. when her SUV was struck from behind by an out-of-control tractor-trailer operated by Mederos and owned by the Houston, Texas-based trucking company.
“The impact of defendant Aguilera-Mederos’s semi-tractor and trailer onto (the) plaintiff’s vehicle caused (the) plaintiff’s vehicle to get wedged between the semi-tractor and trailer and another vehicle,” the lawsuit alleges.
The suit details her injuries which included a broken nose, laceration to the forehead, fractured forearm, severe whiplash and a concussion.
Ross’ complaint argues she suffered permanent physical impairment and disfigurement, emotional stress, physical and mental pain, and suffering.
In addition, the lawsuit alleges Ross suffered economic losses, including medical bills, lost wages and loss of ability to earn money.
The suit claims Mederos was negligent in causing the crash and Castellono 03 Trucking should have never let him operate a big rig.
Further, the complaint argues the trucking company should have done a better job of properly inspecting the semi-truck.
As Transportation Nation Network (TNN) has reported, Mederos told investigators following the crash that the brakes on the semi-truck failed in the minutes leading up to the fatal collisions.
The third defendant named by Ross is her insurance company, Progressive Direct.
“Plaintiff’s harms and losses exceed Defendants Aguilera-Mederos and Castellano’s bodily injury liability limits,” the lawsuit alleges.
As for Mederos, he has much more to be concerned with at this time as he and his attorney, Robert Corry, continue preparing their defense.
Earlier this month, Mederos was ordered to stand trial on 32 charges, including 4 counts of vehicular homicide.
Judge Bradley Burback, who presided over the preliminary hearing to determine “probable cause” for the mountain of charges filed against Mederos, said the truck driver “exhibited an extreme indifference to the value of human life.”
Mederos is scheduled to be arraigned September 3, 2019.
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