Colorado police officers charged with leaving handcuffed woman in car struck by train

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DENVER (Reuters) - Two Colorado constabulary officers were charged connected Monday with leaving a handcuffed pistillate successful a patrol car parked connected railroad tracks, wherever it was struck by a freight train, earnestly injuring her.

The pistillate was charged with felony menacing implicit an alleged road-rage incidental that led to her apprehension successful a postulation stop, the Weld County District Attorney’s Office said successful a statement.

Yareni Rios-Gonzalez, 20, was accused of brandishing a handgun astatine different motorist adjacent the municipality of Platteville, astir 40 miles northbound of Denver, connected the nighttime of Sept. 16, according to police.

Officers from aggregate agencies responded to the incident, and Rios-Gonzalez was stopped, handcuffed and placed successful the backmost of a patrol conveyance that was parked straddling the bid tracks, constabulary said.

None of the responding officers moved the conveyance disconnected the track, and constabulary video footage showed a Union Pacific freight train, its horn blaring, plow into the parked SUV.

Rios-Gonzalez suffered 9 breached ribs, a breached limb and leg, breached teeth and different injuries, said her lawyer, Paul Wilkinson. She is retired of the infirmary and recovering astatine home, helium said.

The astir superior charges were lodged against Fort Lupton constabulary serviceman Jordan Steinke, who faces 1 number each of attempted manslaughter and second-degree assault, some felonies, prosecutors said.

Sergeant Pablo Vazquez of the Platteville constabulary faces 5 counts of misdemeanor reckless endangerment and postulation charges, authorities said.

A spokesperson for the Platteville constabulary said helium could not remark connected the case, and Fort Lupton constabulary did not instantly respond to a petition for comment.

Wilkinson said helium was told past week that Rios-Gonzalez would beryllium charged, which helium called disappointing. He said helium would record a national suit against constabulary for his client’s injuries and for violating her civilian rights.

Editing by Steve Gorman and Gerry Doyle

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