Officers, woman charged in September train collision case

Published on November 07, 2022

Weld County District Attorney

Formal charges have been filed in a case where a woman was hit by a train while being detained in the back of a police vehicle, after she was accused of a road rage incident where she pointed a gun at a victim.

On Monday, the Weld County District Attorney’s Office filed formal charges in Weld District Court for the two officers involved in the crash. The following charges have been filed:

Officer Jordan Steinke (Fort Lupton Police Department)

One count of Criminal Attempt to Commit Manslaughter (F5)

One count of Second Degree Assault (F4)

One count of Reckless Endangerment (M2)


Officer Pablo Vazquez (Platteville Police Department)

Five counts of Reckless Endangerment (M2)

One count of Obstructing Highway or Other Passageway

One count of Careless Driving (T2)

One count of Parking Where Prohibited


Yareni Rios-Gonzalez, the woman who was hit by a train after being accused of pointing a gun at a victim, was also charged with one count of felony menacing (F5.)

Because of the pending litigation, no additional information will be released at this time.

All three defendants were issued a summons and were not arrested. Therefore, there are no mugshots or arrest affidavits for this case.

Court dates for the three defendants have not yet been set.

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