Jordan Steinke sentenced in Yareni Rios-Gonzalez crash

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Fired Fort Lupton police officer Jordan Steinke appears in court for her sentencing hearing on Sept. 15, 2023. A judge convicted her of misdemeanor charges for leaving Yareni Rios-Gonzalez in another officer

Fired Fort Lupton police officer Jordan Steinke appears in court for her sentencing hearing on Sept. 15, 2023. A judge convicted her of misdemeanor charges for leaving Yareni Rios-Gonzalez in another officer’s patrol vehicle, which had been parked on train tracks. (Screenshot of Steinke: KUSA; screenshot of the crash about to happen: Law&Crime Network)

Judge Timothy Kerns of Colorado‘s 19th Judicial District said that he planned on giving fired police officer Jordan Steinke jail time for leaving Yareni Rios-Gonzalez handcuffed in a patrol vehicle that was fatefully struck while parked on train tracks, but he ultimately settled on probation, citing the victim’s “compassion and grace,” according to Denver NBC affiliate KUSA.

The incident happened on the night of Sept. 16, 2022.

Sgt. Pablo Vazquez of the Platteville Police Department pulled over Rios-Gonzalez on an allegation that she pulled out a gun during a road rage incident. Steinke, of the Fort Lupton Police Department, and another officer joined to help.

But as seen on video, police put Rios-Gonzalez in Vazquez’s vehicle — which had been left on train tracks.

“Oh, s—!” Steinke said as a freight train approached.

The train wiped Vazquez’s vehicle off the tracks. Rios-Gonzalez survived, but an attorney said she sustained injuries including broken bones, a punctured lung, a traumatic brain injury, and amnesia, according to The Denver Post.

She pleaded no contest to misdemeanor menacing in exchange for 10 hours of community service and avoiding jail under a deferred sentence.

Rios-Gonzalez sued the now-fired Steinke, now-fired Vazquez, and their police departments. That civil case is ongoing, as is Vazquez’s criminal case.

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