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Drivers Vow Boycott On Behalf Of Trucker Who Was Sentenced To 110 Years In Prison

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Drivers Vow Boycott On Behalf Of Trucker Who Was Sentenced To 110 Years In Prison

Truckers have vowed to boycott Colorado on behalf of Rogel Aguilera-Mederos, who was recently sentenced to 110-years in prison in the state for causing a huge crash which killed four people.

The 25-year-old was driving an 18-wheeler truck on a Colorado interstate, in April 2019, when he crashed into around two dozen other vehicles resulting in a fireball explosion that killed four.

Investigators found that Aguilera-Mederos was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol, with the driver blaming the crash on the truck's brakes malfunctioning.

Now fellow truckers are reportedly refusing to go to Colorado, with some saying: "I don't care what they want to pay me."

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One person took to TikTok and wrote: "This truck is no longer going to Colorado. We want justice for Rogel Aguilera. Truckers, he needs our help."

Another agreed, saying: "I am a trucker and will NO LONGER be going to Colorado.”

A third commented on another viral clip, saying: "Truckers, if it happened to Rogel, it can happen to you. stay united."

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This comes after a petition was signed by more than three million people who are trying to urge officials to change the young man's sentence.

Joe Rajkovacz, director of communications for Western States Trucking Association, told CPR he hadn't heard of an industry-wide boycott as of yesterday (17 December), but several members had asked him to sign the petition.

At trial he was found guilty on 42 counts, including vehicular homicide, first-degree-assault and careless driving - and on Monday he was sentenced to 110 years in prison. 

Judge A Bruce Jones said his hands were tied when it came to sentencing as the state has mandatory minimum sentencing laws. 

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According to the Denver Channel, the judge gave Aguilera-Mederos the minimum range that was available to him on every count.  

Credit: Denver Channel
Credit: Denver Channel

The petition, which is addressed to Colorado Governor Jared Polis and Jefferson County courts, reads: “Rogel Lazaro Aguilera-Mederos has nothing on his driving record, or on his criminal history. He had complied with every single request by the Jefferson County courts, and investigators on the case. 

“He’s passed all of the drug and alcohol tests that were given including a chemical test. 

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“This accident was not intentional, nor was it a criminal act on the driver's part.”

Before being sentenced, Aguilera-Mederos broke down in tears and pleaded with the judge for leniency. He said: "I'm dying. It is hard to live with this trauma. I can't sleep. I'm thinking all [the time] about the victims. 

“This was a terrible accident, I know. I take the responsibility, but it was an accident.

"I have never thought about hurting anyone in my entire life and Jesus Christ, he knows that, he knows my heart. I am not a criminal, I am not a murderer.”

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A spokesperson for Governor Jared Polis' office said of the petition: "We are aware of this issue, the Governor and his team review each clemency application individually."

Featured Image Credit: TikTok/elchocolatitoherrera503

Topics: News, US News

Rebecca Shepherd
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