Officer Reuben Fred Rios, Sr.

Officer Reuben Fred Rios, Sr.

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Saturday, October 26, 1996

Reuben Fred Rios, Sr.

Officer Rios was struck and killed by a vehicle while he was conducting traffic control in San Bernardino. He was struck by a drunk driver who entered the area. Officer Rios was thrown onto the hood and windshield and then ejected back onto the roadway.

He had served with the agency for 22 years.


  • Age 53
  • Tour 22 years
  • Badge 8592

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Not available

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We were beat partners from 1984 until 1996, I was working the OZZ fest with you that faithful night. You and I had dinner at IHOP just hours before that tragic event. You taught me how to do the job with compassion and professionalism. You are respected and admired by all who were lucky enough to know you. I think about almost every day and I miss you terribly.

Rich Hagen
Retired CHP

February 15, 2018

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