Colorado police release bodycam video of suspected cruiser hit by train



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Colorado police have released the videos The train hit the police cruiser The detained suspect was handcuffed.

The Fort Lupton Police Department released body camera and dashcam video Friday showing Yareni Rios-Gonzalez in the patrol car that was hit by the train. Rios-Gonzalez was hospitalized with multiple injuries but is expected to survive, the Colorado Bureau said.

Newly released video of the Sept. 16 incident shows Rios-Gonzalez — a road rage suspect — asking why he was handcuffed and dragged behind his truck in a cruiser parked on railroad tracks.

Rios-Gonzalez is left alone in the vehicle while officers search his truck. Moments later, a train horn sounds and officers sound the alarm, as the train barrels into the cruiser, smashing into its side and sending it dozens of feet into a field. Officers can be heard in the video calling for medical help.

Rios-Gonzalez’s attorney, Paul Wilkinson, told CNN on Saturday that she was desperate to get out of the vehicle as the train approached.

“When she was in the back of the car, she could see the train coming,” Wilkinson said. “She was frantically trying to get away, trying to open the doors, but she was handcuffed.”

Rios-Gonzalez tried to get off the ship on her own and tried to get officers’ attention by screaming, Wilkinson said.

“I don’t know if they didn’t hear her or if they were too busy looking for her car, but she saw it coming and prepared for the worst,” he said. “As you can imagine, I woke up in hospital unconscious. She was obviously very upset.

According to Wilkinson, Rios-Gonzalez suffered multiple injuries, including nine broken ribs, a broken arm, broken teeth and lacerations to her head. As of Saturday, she was in the hospital.

A Platteville Police Department cruiser assisting with a traffic stop was involved in the collision. Platteville Police Chief Carl Dwyer said the officer who stopped the train has been placed on paid administrative leave pending a CBI investigation. No police department has identified any of the officers involved in the incident.

Fort Lupton Police say their case against Rios-Gonzalez has been forwarded to the Weld County District Attorney.

Krista Henery with the Weld County District Attorney’s Office told CNN on Saturday, “Everything is still under investigation and no charges have been filed against the suspects/victims or any authorities.”

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