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Owner of trucking company involved in fatal, fiery crash never knew driver was in Colorado mountains

The owner of the company that employed Rogel Aguilera-Mederos consulted neighbors, the internet before starting a one-truck operation out of her Texas home.

Chris Vanderveen

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Published: 5:17 PM MST February 3, 2022
Updated: 10:06 PM MST February 3, 2022

The trucking company involved in a fiery and fatal 2019 crash in Lakewood was little more than a one-truck operation run by a woman who consulted neighbors, friends and the internet before starting her business out of her Houston home, according to a 9Wants to Know investigation.

The company has largely avoided public scrutiny before and after the high-profile conviction of its one and only driver, Rogel Aguilera-Mederos.

Documents obtained by 9NEWS show that Castellano 03 Trucking did little to vet Aguilera-Mederos before he ventured onto one of the state’s most infamous trucking routes.

Aguilera-Mederos was less than two weeks into his job with Castellano 03 Trucking when, according to prosecutors, he overused his brakes in the Colorado mountains, causing them to fail when he needed them the most.

Nearing speeds of 85 mph, he had no good options when his semi and lumber-filled trailer quickly approached a traffic jam on Interstate 70 near Colorado Mills. The resulting crash killed four and involved 28 vehicles.