ARVADA, Colo. (KDVR) – Darin Barton, a hero among FOX31 viewers for his actions on the day of the 70 interstate crash, is speaking out about the 110-year prison sentence for convicted truck driver Rogel Aguilera-Mederos.
Video from April 25, 2019, captures the shock in Barton’s eyes as he talks to FOX31 about pulling people out of burning cars with flames continuing to engulf the interstate behind him.
“I was probably under the bridge for five seconds and the first explosion went off,” Barton said. “It made my heart beat faster, the urgency to get to a car to try to help someone grew bigger.”
Barton said the sights and sounds from the tragedy replayed in his mind every day.
“Every day, it’s like Hedgehog’s Day where it keeps repeating and restarting at midnight. It’s like a never ending story,” Barton said.
The story now has a new chapter that Barton is struggling to handle. After a three-week trial against Aguilera-Mederos, the truck driver received a 110-year sentence because four people died in the collision and at least 10 others were injured.
Aguilera-Mederos was convicted by a Jefferson County grand jury on four counts of vehicular homicide and 23 other counts, including:
- Six offenses of assault in the first degree – Extreme indifference
- 10 counts of attempted assault in the first degree – Extreme indifference
- Two Vehicle Attacks – Reckless
- Some reckless driving
- Four counts of negligent driving causing death
“Does he need to face punishment for it, most certainly. Of course, four people lost their lives. But 110 years, that’s too much,” said Barton.
Barton said he emailed Governor Jared Polis, who is reviewing the request for a referral to Aguilera-Mederos.
“I said look, I don’t expect you to release that man but reduce the sentence – 110 is too much, 25-30 years seems reasonable,” Barton said.
Tuesday night, FOX31 talk to an accident witness who said Aguilera-Mederos asked to use her cell phone to call a friend and leave the scene. From what she’s seen and heard, she said she thinks Aguilera-Mederos should serve the 110-year sentence he was sentenced to by a jury, or at least half.
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