Federal Judge Dies After He’s Hit By A Car Near Courthouse
Judge Larry Hicks
Washoe County Sheriff

U.S. District Court Judge Larry Hicks, who was appointed by President George W. Bush, was killed in a crash near the federal courthouse in Reno, Nevada, on Wednesday. He was 80 years old.

Authorities said the judge was crossing the street near the courthouse where he worked around 2:15 p.m. when he was struck by a vehicle, ABC affiliate KOLO 8 reported. Hicks was rushed to the hospital but was later declared dead.

“Today’s news regarding the Honorable Judge Larry R. Hicks who served Nevada for over 53 years is tragic,” Washoe County, Nevada, Sheriff Darin Balaam said.

Police said that the driver of the vehicle that struck Hicks is cooperating with law enforcement, adding that it does not appear that the driver was impaired at the time of the crash.

Hicks was appointed by Bush in 2001 after serving as the Washoe County district attorney from 1974 to 1978 and then working in a private law practice from 1979 until his appointment to the federal judgeship in 2001. He assumed senior status as a district court judge in 2013. Hicks is also the father of Washoe County District Attorney Chris Hicks.

“Today, our community lost an extraordinary man,” the Hicks family said in a statement, according to KOLO 8. “Judge Larry Hicks was a deeply admired, lawyer and judge, a devoted friend, mentor, and a committed servant to the administration of justice. To us, he was first and foremost, a man who put nothing before family. He was a hero in all manners, a loving husband of nearly 59 years, a doting dad, an adoring Papa, and brother. His loss is beyond comprehension.”


Sheriff Balaam added, “Despite his notable accomplishments, Judge Hicks once stated, ‘My greatest thrill in life is my family.’ His life philosophy was based on a balance of family, work, and self.”

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