‘She Saw Everything Coming’: Colorado Woman Plans to Sue After Being Hit by Train While in Police Custody


“You can hear the train horn. The train has lights. Her hands were behind her back and she frantically tried to escape the vehicle, but the doors were locked, and it’s kind of a cage,” Wilkinson said. “She had thought about trying to get through to the front and get out that way, but she could not exit the vehicle. She saw everything coming.”

The lawyer for Yareni Rios-Gonzalez said she was released from the hospital over the weekend after being treated for nine broken ribs, a broken arm, a broken leg, a fractured sternum, broken teeth, and head injuries. She spent more than a week in the hospital and faces a long recovery.

“She’s a young lady. She wants to be out there doing stuff with her friends and going to work and all the stuff she enjoys doing,” said attorney Paul Wilkinson. She kind of knows that it’s gonna be a while before she can get back to just having a normal life.”

Rios-Gonzalez, who works as a TSA agent at Denver International Airport, was stopped by a Platteville police officer in the early morning hours of Sept. 17. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation said in a statement that she was accused in a road rage incident involving a gun. Two Fort Lupton police officers later arrived at the scene and put Rios-Gonzalez, who was in handcuffs, in the back of the Platteville officer’s car, which was illegally parked on railroad tracks. 

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Her attorney, Paul Wilkinson, said he expects to file a lawsuit on behalf of his client in the next few months as she recovers with physical therapy. He told 9NEWS he sent letters to Platteville and Fort Lupton notifying them about a “notice of claim,” which is required under state law before a lawsuit is filed in state court. 

While Gonzalez’s civil case begins, the Weld County District Attorney’s Office is still reviewing a potential criminal case against Rios-Gonzalez for road rage. Charges against her have not been filed. 

State investigators with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and Colorado State Patrol are also reviewing the incident. 9NEWS legal experts who reviewed the video said officers could face criminal charges in the case. 


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This is an update to “Detained Woman Seriously Hurt When Train Hits Police Car Parked on Tracks” from 9/20

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