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Officers Charged for Leaving Handcuffed Woman in Police Car Struck by Train


Two Colorado police officers, Fort Lupton police officer Jordan Steinke and Sergeant Pablo Vazquez of the Platteville police, have been charged with leaving a handcuffed woman in a patrol car parked on railroad tracks, where it was struck by a freight train, seriously injuring her, reports Keith Coffman for Reuters. Yareni Rios-Gonzalez suffered nine broken ribs, a broken arm and leg, broken teeth and other injuries. Steinke faces the most serious charges: one count each of attempted manslaughter and second-degree assault, both felonies. Vazquez faces five counts of misdemeanor reckless endangerment and traffic charges. Rios-Gonzalez was charged with felony menacing over an alleged road-rage incident that led to her arrest in the traffic stop.

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