Bush Appointee Killed in Car Accident Outside Courthouse

(ReliableNews.org) – In 2001, US District Court Judge Larry Hicks was sworn in to his position on the bench in Nevada. He was appointed to his position by former President George W. Bush. He ascended to senior status in 2013 but continued to take on cases. Recently, Hicks was involved in a tragic accident.

On May 29, the judge was struck by a car just outside the federal courthouse in Reno during the afternoon. Hicks was rushed to the hospital, but he didn’t survive his injuries. He was 80 years old. Police reported that the driver stayed at the scene and was cooperating with detectives during the investigation. So far, details about the accident are unclear. Hick’s son, Washoe County District Attorney Chris Hicks, released a statement about the death of his father.

The DA called Hicks a “deeply admired lawyer and judge” as well as a “devoted friend, mentor, and a committed servant to the administration of justice.” Still, the younger Hicks said his father put family above everything else, adding that he was an “adoring papa and brother,” “doting dad,” “loving husband,” and “hero.” The family is grieving the incomprehensible loss.

Judge Hicks graduated from the University of Nevada in 1965 and earned his law degree from the University of Colorado three years later. He swiftly began his legal career after graduation in Reno, becoming the Chief Criminal Deputy District Attorney in 1972. Two years later, he was elected to become the Washoe County District Attorney, where he served for two years before going into private practice. Just four years ago, he received a lifetime achievement award from the Nevada State Bar president.

Washoe County Sheriff Darin Balaam called the incident “tragic.” He described Hicks as a “kind man, revered in [the] community” and “beloved by his family.” His death is currently under investigation. Initial reports show that police don’t believe impairment on behalf of the driver was a factor.

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