Musician dies in car crash in Reno |

Musician dies in car crash in Reno

Former local musician George Rios was killed in Reno early Sunday morning when his car crossed a dirt median and headed into oncoming traffic.

The collision occurred at 1:54 a.m. on North McCarran Boulevard near Parr Boulevard when Rios’ southbound 1983 two-door Datsun crashed into two other vehicles. Rios, who was traveling alone, rolled over against an embankment.

Rios, who moved to Reno about 18 months ago, died at the scene. The accident is still under investigation, said Sgt. Dave Fisher of the Nevada Highway Patrol.

Eric Cloud, owner of the Silver Dollar in Grass Valley, recalled Rios as “a pretty good guy” who played guitar at the nightclub a few years ago.

“He did it all,” Cloud said. “He was very talented.”

Cloud called Rios “Doctor Death” because “everything he owns is black.”

“He had an old school bus with blacked-out windows, wore black clothes, and had a black player piano inside his bus.”

Cloud said he heard about Rios’ death from Reno drummer John Slapinsky.

Local music promoter Mikail Graham called Rios “a trooper, one of the harder-working musicians in the area.”

“He played wherever there was a chance to play rock ‘n’ roll,” Graham said. “He was a real class act.”

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