Cameron native killed in air-ambulance crash

A Cameron native and two others were killed early April 29 in an air-ambulance crash in Amarillo.

Scott Riola, 29, a graduate of C.H. Yoe High School, was killed on the flight. Riola was an aviation flight nurse with Amarillo-based Rico Aviation. Also killed were pilot Robin Shaw and flight nurse Misty Nicholson.

The air-ambulance was headed to Clovis before the crash. It crashed soon after takeoff in the area near Pullman Road and Southeast Third Avenue in Amarillo at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday.

Riola is the son Dominic and Karla Riola. Services are set for Saturday, May 6, at 10 a.m. at St. Monica's Catholic Church in Cameron. Visitation will be held at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home in Cameron on Friday, May 5, from 6-8 p.m. with a rosary at 7 p.m.

A memorial scholarship account has been established to provide scholarships to students seeking to pursue a career as a flight nurse. Those scholarships will go to students at Cameron Yoe High, Tarleton State University, and Amarillo College. Riola himself was a flight nurse and had joined Rico Aviation back in December. 

According to a Riola’s family members, those wishing to help the family are being asked to donate to Scott`s memorial scholarship fund by sending donations to Benefit Fund for Scott Riola, 4501 Bell Street, Amarillo, TX 79119. Donations will also be accepted in Amarillo at Amarillo National Bank.