DENVER (AP) – A Colorado police officer who arrested a seriously injured woman when the parked patrol car she was in was hit by a freight train, he said he did not realize he had stopped the vehicle on the tracks, according to the video of the police body camera.
In video obtained by KUSA-TV on Thursday, Sergeant de Platteville. Pablo Vazquez told another officer he thought he cleared the tracks when he arrested Yareni Rios-Gonzalez on September 16 in an alleged road rage case involving a firearm. He said he pulled over right behind her truck and focused on her because he was concerned about the guns.
Vazquez also said he was unaware that another officer he worked with in a nearby department put Rios-Gonzalez in Vasquez’s patrol vehicle until he was hit by the train. He said the “saving grace” was that the other officer put Rios-Gonzalez on the side of the vehicle that is not usually used for arrestees.
Rios-Gonzalez’s injuries included nine broken ribs, a broken arm and a fractured sternum. His lawyer, Paul Wilkinson, has announced his intention to file a complaint against the police.
Previously released video from Vazquez’s body camera shows him and another officer searching Rios-Gonzalez’s truck as the train approaches and its horn sounds. Vazquez repeatedly asks the other officer over the sound of the rumble of the train if Rios-Gonzalez was in the patrol vehicle and she replies, one hand to her face, “Oh my God, yes she was! “
Another police video shows officers rushing as the train approaches and slams into the vehicle.