2 Colorado Cops Charged For Scandalous Train Incident
A couple of the cops involved in a horrific train accident that nearly killed a detained woman will now be facing serious charges.
According to a report by CBS News, two officers in Colorado are facing charges after a handcuffed woman left in a police vehicle was hit by a train and left with serious injuries.
Weld County Train Collision
On September 16, Platteville Police Sergeant Pablo Vazquez responded to a call about a road rage incident involving a woman who pointed a gun at another driver. Sgt. Pablo Vasquez pulled over Yareni Rios-Gonzalez, 20, as her vehicle matched the description of the one involved.
Sgt. Pablo Vasquez parked his car directly on the train tracks on US85 and County Rd. 38. Another officer from the Fort Lupton Police Department, Jordan Steinke also arrived on the scene and placed Rios-Gonzalez in Sgt. Vasquez's patrol car.
Both officers were searching Rios-Gonzalez's vehicle when a train collided with Sgt. Vazquez's patrol car.
The Blame Game
Neither officer has admitted fault for what transpired and the Weld County's District Attorney's Office launched an official investigation into the incident.
On Monday, October 8, 2022, Weld County's District Attorney's Office announced formal charges against Sgt. Vasquez, Officer Steinke, and also Rios-Gonzalez.
Officer Jordan Steinke of the Fort Lupton Police Department is being charged with one count of criminal attempt to commit manslaughter, one count of second-degree assault, and one count of reckless endangerment.
Sgt. Vazquez of the Platteville Police department is being charged with five counts of reckless endangerment, one count of obstructing a highway or other passageway, one count of careless driving, and one count of parking where prohibited.
Rios-Gonzalez is also facing a charge of felony menacing relating to the road rage incident.