[Updated] Trucker’s 110-Year Prison Sentence Erupts a Truck Driver Boycott of Colorado

Horrific event with a harsh verdict.

[Update 12/21/2021: The image of the parked trucks along a highway was not showing a trucker boycott. It was showing a highway closure due to high winds along a Colorado highway.]

The semi-truck of a 26-year-old Rogel Aguilera-Mederos was in a major accident on I-70 near Denver, Colorado in April 2019. The truck’s brakes failed after descending a section of I-70 while traveling eastbound towards Denver. Four people were killed in the accident. Rogel was recently convicted on 27-counts for a total sentence of 110 years in prison.

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Screenshot: CBS Denver via YouTube

Reportedly, the judge who ruled the case, the families of the victims, and the community considered the sentence too harsh. The judge reportedly states that his hands were tied by existing Colorado laws and the verdict was rendered as such. Many are calling for the trucking company that employed Rogel Aguilera-Mederos to bear responsibility.

Since then – hundreds of semi-truck drivers organized a protest and boycott of the ruling as you can see in the image. The drivers are calling for Colorado Governor, Jared Polis, to commute part of the sentence. Millions have signed a petition related to this.