Posted: Dec 3, 2012 4:41 PM by Rachel Cole - email@example.com
Updated: Dec 3, 2012 6:45 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI -- A motorcyclist was killed as he headed home from the Toys for Tots motorcycle run Sunday afternoon. Family members say 65-year-old Rico Pauline had a passion for life.
"You never saw him without a smile on his face and twinkle in his eyes," Trotter said.She says Rico was no stranger to a motorcycle and loved riding as much as possible. "Rico has been riding motorcycles his entire life, his joy and his pleasure was on the asphalt on the road and with his friends," Trotter said.
Police say, Rico lost control of his bike on the I-37 near the Crosstown when he hit the side railing and then a street sign. Officers say he was tossed from his bike and fell nearly 25 feet off the overpass. An officer on scene gave him CPR until a medical team arrived rushed him to the hospital. Rico died shortly after arriving.
"They live for the special moment every year," Trotter said of the Toys for Tots motorcycle ride Rico had just attended. After spending the morning making sure local kids had something under the tree for Christmas, Rico planned to spend the afternoon with the family he loved dearly.
"He had to get home to his wonderful wife Debbie to put up the Christmas lights," Trotter said.
She says, Rico also had a passion for boating and loved being on the water with his brother, Alex.
"He and his little brother can be captains once again and take people fishing and help them learn what life is all about," Trotter said.
Trotter says he'll miss his children and buddies that he has been riding for more than 40 years. "He loved all of you guys. Every captain wants to go down with his boat and every biker that loves his machine would want to go in just the way that he did."
She says he will be remembered as a man who appreciated the positive things in life. "Anybody that knew him, never ever heard him complain about any worries or woes or having any problems," Trotter said.
Trotter says she's putting together a foundation in her brother's name. She hopes to hold fundraisers every year and donate the money to Toy's for Tots.
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