US District Judge Larry Hicks killed in car collision in Nevada court

U.S. District Court Judge Larry R. Hicks was struck by a car and killed Wednesday afternoon outside the federal courthouse in Reno, Nevada, authorities said. He was 80 years old.

Appointed by President George W. Bush in 2001, Hicks had a long and storied legal career that began when he started as a prosecutor in the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office in 1968. He had been a senior district court judge since 2013 and held an active position. workload of the role.

Police said the driver, who was not identified, remained at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation, NBC affiliate KRNV of Reno reported. Reno police were called to the scene Wednesday at 2:15 p.m. Hicks was transported to a local hospital but later died from his injuries.

Judge Larry R. Hicks.WashoeSheriff via X

Hicks’ son, Chris Hicks, who is the current Washoe County prosecutor, was among local officials to honor him.

“Today our community lost an extraordinary man. Judge Larry Hicks was a deeply admired attorney and judge, a devoted friend, a mentor and a devoted servant of the administration of justice,” he said in a statement.

He continued: “For us, he was above all a man who put nothing before family. He was a hero in every way, a loving husband of almost 59 years, a loving father, a doting dad and a brother in his loss. This is beyond comprehension.”

Reno Police Chief Kathryn Nance said in a statement on behalf of Reno Police that Hicks’ death was a tragedy that would “leave a lasting impact on our lives,” while Washoe County Sheriff , Darin Balaam, said his “legacy will forever be noted in Washoe County.” “

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