Family files lawsuit after woman dies in Mineral County jail

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The family of a 27-year-old woman who died in a jail cell in Mineral County has filed a lawsuit arguing deputies left her to die after ignoring her serious medical needs.

Kelly Coltrain was jailed in July of 2017 for unpaid traffic tickets after she was pulled over for speeding.

According to the lawsuit, three days later she was found dead in her jail cell after she was denied medical treatment while she was withdrawing from heroin.

Her entire stay in jail was documented on video, which her family and friends say is excruciating to watch.

"The only way I can describe it is I was horrified," said Katie Andreano, who was best friends with Coltrain.

The video documents the three days Coltrain sat in jail convulsing and vomiting before her death.

"Seeing it on video was just... I can't even describe [it]," said Andreano. "Never in my life did I think I was going to basically watch my best friend die on video knowing someone was behind that camera and could have gone in there and saved her."

A lawsuit filed by the family says deputies failed to follow protocol when it comes to a drug dependent inmate. The lawsuit says Coltrain should have been checked on twice per hour and her condition documented. But, the suit alleges deputies instead ignored her much of the time and never documented her condition, as required.

"She asked to go to the hospital and that's where they should've taken her," said Andreano. "The doctors would have known how to treat withdrawals and she wouldn't have died."

Coltrain died at the jail on July 22, 2017 from a reported drug related seizure, according to the lawsuit.

Watch video of Coltrain's time jail:

According to the lawsuit, the Nevada Department of Public Safety is investigating the case and found multiple violations, including "inhumanity to prisoners," which is a potential felony crime.

The lawsuit also says the deputies involved only received minor discipline and one was able to retire early.

News 4 reached out to Mineral County District Attorney Sean Rowe. We were told he was out of the office. We left a message and have yet to hear back.

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