Former Supreme Court Justice Robert E. Rose was involved in an auto accident Monday morning while on his way to Fallon to conduct Drug Court.
Rose, 73, suffered rib and sternum injuries, but they are not life-threatening. He is under observation at Banner-Churchill Community Hospital.
The accident happened shortly after 7:30 a.m. near the intersection of Highway 50 and York Lane. The Nevada Highway Patrol, which is now in charge of the accident investigation, said Rose was eastbound and apparently lost control of his Nissan Pathfinder.
The NHP’s preliminary investigation said Rose drifted left and traveled across the westbound travel lanes. The Pathfinder continued off the north roadway edge and struck a utility pole; however, no electrical wires were attached to the pole. According to witnesses, the vehicle overturned and came to rest on its wheels. The NHP report stated Rose was transported to the hospital by paramedics from the Federal Fire Department at Naval Air Station Fallon. Investigation continues by Nevada Highway Patrol. Anyone who witnessed the accident is asked to call Trooper C. Kelly, Reno NHP MAIT, at 775-486-4661, reference accident No. 130317272.
Two fire trucks from Fallon/Churchill Fire Department responded to the scene and fire crews spent about 30 minutes trying to extricate Rose from the vehicle.
District Judge Thomas Stockard visited Rose and described him as being in pain, but lucid and concerned that there would be court coverage for the Drug Court sessions he had been scheduled to preside over in Fallon, Hawthorne, and Yerington.
Chief Justice Kristina Pickering, who described Justice Rose as “a friend and a truly decent human being,” said she and the Supreme Court are “thankful the injuries are not life-threatening.”
“We in Justice Rose’s judicial family wish him a speedy recovery,” Pickering said. “His dedication to the Judiciary for more than 25 years is unsurpassed.”
She added that she is not surprised that Rose’s concern at the hospital was not for himself but for the Drug Court sessions he was driving to attend when the accident occurred.
“He has been a tireless worker for Nevada citizens throughout his long public service career.”