Written by Ashton Snyder on
 May 30, 2024

Bush Appointee Killed In Reno Car Accident: Police

On Wednesday afternoon, U.S. District Court Judge Larry Hicks was tragically killed in a car accident outside the federal courthouse in downtown Reno, Nevada. 

Fox News reported that the incident occurred at approximately 2:15 p.m., just outside the courthouse in Reno. Hicks, appointed by President George W. Bush, was later pronounced dead at a local hospital. Officials from both the Reno Police Department and the Washoe Sheriff's Department confirmed the crash and its resulting fatality.

Judge Hicks, who was 80 years old, was quickly transported to a nearby hospital following the accident. Unfortunately, he succumbed to his injuries shortly after his arrival.

Longtime Public Servant in Nevada

Larry Hicks had a distinguished career in law, dating back to 1968 when he started as a prosecutor in Nevada. He progressed to serve as the District Attorney from 1974 through 1978 before moving into private practice.

In 2001, President George W. Bush appointed Hicks as a U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Nevada. During his tenure, he was known for his commitment to justice, love for family, and his contributions to the community.

Washoe County Sheriff Darin Balaam publicly expressed his condolences. In a social media post on X, he expressed the community's collective grief.

Reflections on Judge Hicks’ Legacy

"Today's news regarding the Honorable Judge Larry R. Hicks who served Nevada for over 53 years is tragic," stated Sheriff Balaam. The Sheriff highlighted Hicks' personal philosophy that emphasized a balance of family, work, and self.

"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," Balaam noted, underscoring the judge's commitment to his loved ones and his work.

Judge Hicks was deeply respected and beloved in the community. "Larry Hicks was a one-of-a-kind man, revered in our community and, most importantly, beloved by his family," Sheriff Balaam added.

Tragic Death Shakes Reno Community

The driver in the crash remained at the scene and cooperated with law enforcement during the ongoing investigation. This incident has undoubtedly shaken those who knew and respected Judge Hicks.

Judge Larry Hicks leaves behind a legacy of dedication, service, and a steadfast commitment to the law and his community. His contributions to Nevada's judicial system will be remembered for years to come.

In summary, the tragic death of Judge Hicks has left a significant void in the Reno community. Appointed by President George W. Bush, Hicks had a long and impactful career in law, marked by many contributions to both public and private sectors.

Many noted his dedication to his work and love for his family, including Washoe County Sheriff Darin Balaam. The community has expressed their heartfelt condolences, recognizing the influential role Hicks played in the legal landscape of Nevada.

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