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Memorial for Trash Truck Accident Victim Ricco Rios on Sunday

Ricco Rios, of Norristown, died as a trash truck passenger in a Hilltown township incident in July; the truck driver faces charges of homicide by vehicle, unlawful activities while using a cell phone and more.

Posted by Nicole Foulke (Editor)

A memorial for Ricco Rios, the 24-year-old Norristown man killed on July 2 in 2013 in a trash truck accident in Hilltown township, will be held on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the crash site where Bypass Road intersects Dublin Road.

Rios, a passenger in the truck, was killed after the truck tried to turn from Bypass Road onto Dublin Road and fell onto its right side, resting in a ditch. Rios was pronounced dead at the scene.

The memorial life celebration, which will take place on Rios’s birthday, is organized by his surviving parents, Debi and George Rios, according to Ricco Rios’s cousin Joe West, Jr.

After an investigation to try to determine whether the accident was caused by driver error or mechanical issues, Hilltown police charged the trash truck driver, Adam Bermudez, 28, of East Norriton, in November, with involuntary manslaughter, unlawful activities while using a cell phone, homicide by vehicle, and other offenses. His formal arraignment is scheduled to be at the Bucks County Courthouse on Feb. 14.   

Ricco Rios’s obituary was published in Norristown Patch in July.

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