A Houston-based trucking company that employs the driver who crashed last week causing a fatal, fiery 28-car crash on Interstate 70 has multiple vehicle maintenance violations over the past 24 months, including 10 violations on brakes or brake systems, according to safety records.

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Rogel Lazaro Aguilera-Mederos

Rogel Lazaro Aguilera-Mederos, the 23-year-old driver from Texas, is being held at the Jefferson County jail on suspicion of vehicular homicide. He has said that he was experiencing brake problems as his truck traveled down the mountain on eastbound I-70.

Aguilera-Mederos works for Castellano 03 Trucking, LLC, according to Denver7. The Denver Post’s efforts to reach Castellano 03 were unsuccessful.

Castellano is a small carrier with five trucks and five drivers, according to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports. Castellano’s five drivers compiled 436,000 over-the-road miles in 2018.

Over a 24-month period, through April 28, Catellano underwent 12 vehicle and 19 driver inspections. The company had no fatal or injury-related crashes in the the period. It did have one “unsafe driving violation” for “failure to obey (a) traffic control device.”

FMCSA records show 10 brake-related vehicle-maintenance violations; and two “driver fitness” violations for being unable to read or speak English sufficiently enough to respond to “official inquiries” and to “understand highway traffic signs and signals.”

There were no violations in the state of Colorado over the 24-month period, according to records.

Aguilera-Mederos allegedly told authorities that his brakes stopped working while barreling 85 mph down the interstate and that he didn’t drive off the road because he didn’t want to roll his truck.

Police reviewed video from witnesses, according to an arrest affidavit, which allegedly shows a trail of fluid coming from Aguilera-Mederos’ semitruck near the Genesee exit. The video also shows Aguilera-Mederos allegedly passing multiple “runaway truck ramp” signs with flashing yellow lights as he flew down the highway.

Aguilera-Mederos appeared in court for the first time Saturday, when a judge found probable cause for his arrest and set his bail at $400,000. He is due back in court May 3.