Officer Reuben Fred Rios, Sr.

Officer Reuben Fred Rios, Sr.

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Saturday, October 26, 1996

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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.

The 32-year-old driver was charged with drunk driving, and second degree murder. He had two prior drunk driving convictions, one involving an accident.

Officer Rios had served with the agency for 22 years. He was survived by his wife, two children, and three grandchildren.


  • Age 53
  • Tour 22 years
  • Badge 8592

Incident Details

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

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Ruben Fred Rios badge # 8592 and I worked many graveyard shifts together in Fontana on I-10 and in the Fontana county area roads. He was the coolest guy I ever served side by side with. We ran into each other at stores where he was helping his parents shop. Ruben Jr was usually with him and was learning to grow as his dad showed in how to. We avoided getting hit by a DUI at an accident in Cucamonga as I layed flares. I warned him and we both got clear before the DUI ran the flare pattern and hit our unit.
He was also my backup on high speed chase in 1984 as we chased robbery suspects at 135 mph.
Missing him is always a memory that never goes away.

RIP Ruben

Vic Stevens, CHP# 7998(ret.)
California Highway Patrol

October 27, 2019

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