A series of popular Videos on TikTok allegedly show truckers refusing to enter Colorado. They appear to be protesting against 26-year-old driver Rogel Aguilera-Mederos after he was sentenced to 110 years in prison for a 2019 crash that killed four people. Aguilera-Mederos said the brakes on his truck were faulty.
Recently TikTok user @ntgi2020 posted a video, which has received more than 3.6 million views, with text covering the outside saying “This truck is no longer going to Colorado. We want justice for Rogel Aguilera. Truckers, he needs our help. ”
One of the top comments wrote, “I’m a trucker and WILL NOT BE AGAIN TO Colorado.”
Another TikTok user, @secretloser23, posted a video showing a long line of truckers, with the message: “No trucks in Colorado.”
“Truckers, if it happens to Rogel, it can happen to you. let’s unite,” one of the top commenters urged.
A third viral video showed footage from a helicopter showing lines of trucks, believed to be truck drivers taking part in the protests.
According to multiple reports, Aguilera-Mederos, then 23 years old, hit the rig he was driving while stopping traffic on Interstate 70 in Lakewood, Colorado, in April 2019. The crash killed four people — Miguel Angel Lamas Arellano, 24 years old; William Bailey, 67 years old; Doyle Harrison, 61 years old; and Stanley Politano, 69 years old. It was also reported to have injured several others and destroyed or damaged dozens of vehicles in a fire. ONEguilera-Mederos testified that his brakes failed and he lost control of the truck.
The old Aguilera-Mederos was sentenced of 42 counts, including vehicular homicide and multiple counts of assault and reckless driving. On Monday, Judge A. Bruce Jones of Jefferson County sentenced him to 110 years in prison, under state law that requires a mandatory minimum for consecutive runs with his hands tied.
Jones said, every NBC News, that “If I had the power to decide, if I thought I had the right to decide, I wouldn’t have run those sentences in a row.”
Aguilera-Mederos attorney Jim Colgan said his client chose to appeal the verdict based on “any possible error in the trial.” each CBS4. In the same report, Governor Jared Polis said his office will “review all clemency applications. We have yet to receive one from the individual. “
“That’s hurt; I ask God too many times why they and not me? Why did I survive that accident? “report of a tearful Aguilera-Mederos speak to court, according to CBS4.
Since then, nearly 3 million people have signed an online petition called for the sentence to be changed or for a clemency for Aguilera-Mederos. The lawsuit alleges that the fault lies with “the trucking company,” which “has had a number of inspections since 2017, with some mechanical violations.”
There is an online movement calling for truckers to boycott the state, with many users #NoTrucksToColorado hashtag.
The Daily Dot has reached out to the James Colgan District Attorney’s Office, Jefferson County, as well as the State of Colorado judicial PIO for comment.