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Judge: No GPS monitor for trucker in deadly Colorado pileup

May 31, 2019

GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) — A trucker accused of causing a fiery pileup that killed four people on a Colorado highway won’t be required to wear a GPS monitor.

KMGH-TV reports a judge denied the prosecution’s request Friday to track 23-year-old Rogel Lazaro Aguilera-Mederos, who they say tried to flee the scene of the April 25 crash on Interstate 70 west of Denver. Aguilera-Mederos’ attorney says his client is staying in a hotel and isn’t a flight risk.

Aguilera-Mederos, of Houston, says the brakes on his semitrailer failed before he plowed into vehicles just after the interstate descends from the mountains, setting off a 28-vehicle chain reaction of explosions from ruptured gas tanks.

The truck was going about 85 mph (137 kph) on a stretch where commercial vehicles are limited to 45 mph (72 kph).

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Information from: KMGH-TV, http://www.thedenverchannel.com

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