Federal Judge Killed in Crash Near Reno Courthouse

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Lifelong federal judge Larry R. Hicks tragically lost his life last Wednesday, as he was struck by an oncoming vehicle while crossing the street near a federal courthouse in Reno, Nevada. Hicks was 8 years old and was a respected judge in the U.S. court systems, serving Nevada courts for more than 53 years while also being the father of the Nevada District Attorney Chris Hicks. 

Around 2:15 in the afternoon on Wednesday, May 29th, Judge Larry Hicks was crossing the street to enter the Reno, Nevada, courthouse in which he worked for many years. Authorities reported to ABC news affiliate KOLO 8 that Judge Hicks was struck by an oncoming vehicle. Judge Hicks was immediately transported to a nearby hospital but was pronounced dead not long after due to his injuries.

Local authorities revealed to the press that the driver who was responsible for hitting Judge Hicks is cooperating with police, as law enforcement also believes that the drive was not impaired at the time of the accident. The Washoe County Sherriff’s Department released a statement on X, formerly known as Twitter, regarding the fatal tragedy. The WCSD stated that the news of Judge Hick’s passing was tragic, with Sherriff Balaam stating that Judge Hicks was a devoted man to his family. 

Judge Hick’s family members also released their statement regarding the late Judge. In a statement to news station KOLO 8, the Hicks family stated that their community lost an “extraordinary man”. The family followed up by setting that Judge Hicks was a lawyer, judge, and friend who was deeply admired. 

Judge Larry Hicks was appointed by former President George Bush in 2001 after serving as the Washoe County District Attorney from 1974 to 1978, before working in a private law practice from 1979 until his status as a federal judge in 2001. In 2013, Hicks received senior status as a district court judge in Nevada.