GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) – The story of a truck driver sentenced to 110 years in prison for a fatal accident on I-70 set off a fire storm of controversy.
Drivers are making Colorado deliveries on schedule, but hashtag, No Trucks to Colorado is gaining serious traction on social media, for more than one reason.
A Jefferson County judge sentenced truck driver Rogel Aguilera-Mederos to 110 years, after a deadly crash in 2019, killed four people and injured several more.
Truck drivers fueling a Twitter and Facebook frenzy say the sentence is too long, “Its excessive,” Mike Smith, a Californian Truck Driver said. Now they’re detouring around Colorado. “Its to much of a risk,” Smith says.
Prosecutors say Aguilera-Mederos flew past several truck ramps, designed to help runaway trucks come to a safe stop.
But if a company checks brakes prior to a trip and the brakes pass, then who is to blame? “I am a company man so I can only do a superficial pre-trip inspection, you know I check my pads, make sure nothings leaking, stuff like that” Smith says, “I’m not a mechanic, I am a truck driver.”
Smith says it’s not just this case inspiring truck drivers to boycott Colorado. “You can’t travel down I-70 without cops trying to ticket you,” Smith said.
Still trucking, industry leaders say they are not seeing an impact yet. “I would hope that’s not happening because that would be the wrong kind of approach no matter how you look at this,” Greg Fulton, Motor Carriers Association said.
Associations President Greg Fulton agrees that Aguilera-Mederos sentence is excessive, but he believes there’s a lot of misinformation the community isn’t aware of, when it comes to a truck driver’s responsibilities.
Source: Grand Junction Local News | 110 prison sentence sets off a fire storm of controversy