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Federal Judge Larry Hicks killed in downtown Reno crash

U.S. District Court Judge Larry Hicks sits for an oral history interview with the Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society.
U.S. District Court Judge Larry Hicks sits for an oral history interview with the Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society.

Update: 12:13 p.m.

U.S. District Court officials told KUNR there would be no delay in resolving cases assigned to Judge Larry Hicks, following his death Wednesday. Hicks was struck by a vehicle in downtown Reno.

“The Court is in the process of randomly reassigning the Hon. Judge Hicks’ cases,” wrote a spokesperson for the clerk’s office.

Meanwhile, public officials and community members from across Nevada have shared remembrances of Hicks.

Hicks’ son, Christopher Hicks, is currently serving as district attorney. His office released a statement on behalf of the family late Wednesday.

“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,” it said.

Staff at the district attorney’s office released a separate statement Thursday morning, calling Hicks a pillar of the community and a proud family man.

“Judge, we know you are smiling down on us from somewhere beautiful, wanting us all to know that everything will be okay,” they wrote. “Maybe if our yesterdays had not been so wonderful, this would not be so hard to accept. But they were. This community thanks you for the time we got.”

Original story:

U.S. District Court Judge Larry Hicks was fatally hit by a car while walking outside the federal courthouse Wednesday afternoon, Reno police said.

The crash happened at the intersection of South Virginia Street at California Avenue. First responders arrived at 2:16 p.m.

The driver remained on scene and is cooperating with the investigation. Impairment does not appear to be a factor, police said.

Hicks, 80, was appointed to the federal bench in 2001 by former president George Bush.

He previously served as Washoe County District Attorney, a position currently held by his son, Chris Hicks.

“On behalf of the men and women of the Reno Police Department, we extend our heartfelt condolences to the family of Judge Hicks," RPD Chief Kathryn Nance said. "Tragedies like this leave a lasting impact on our lives, particularly when they involve cherished members of our community.”

Flags will be flown at half staff at federal court houses in Nevada on Thursday.