Suspect Charged, Crash Victim ID'd

Update: Woman who died in pickup truck-pedestrian accident Saturday in Walnut Creek was Sherry Hicks, 52, a Santa Barbara teacher.

Update, 11:00 a.m. Monday, suspect has no priors. Update, 7:45 a.m. Monday, with police photo of manslaughter suspect.

The victim of has been identified as a Santa Barbara woman.

The woman who was pronounced dead at the scene was Sherry Hicks, 52, of Santa Barbara, the Contra Costa County Coroner's Office reported, according to the Walnut Creek police.

A second woman who was walking with Hicks at 6:15 p.m. Saturday on a sidewalk in front of the Marriott hotel received serious injuries in the accident, police said.

The driver of the pickup truck, Hossein Tabrizi, 53, of Walnut Creek, was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter Saturday night, police said. Tabrizi was medically cleared at the hospital around 3:45 a.m. Sunday and booked into the Martinez Detention Facility for one count of vehicular manslaughter, Walnut Creek police reported.

The district attorney's office said Tabrizi had no prior criminal record in Contra Costa County, NBC Bay Area reported. Tabrizi was in custody on $50,000 bail, the sheriff's office reported.

There is a Linked In reference for a Sherry Hicks in Santa Barbara, a lead teacher at Olive Grove Charter School for the last decade. Hicks was on vacation in Walnut Creek to visit her son and his new wife, the woman now in John Muir Hospital with serious injuries from the pickup truck-pedestrian collision, according to the Contra Costa Times.

The marriage is two months old, wrote "Monica," a neighbor of Sherry Hicks in the comment stream on this story.

Kelly September 10, 2012 at 01:58 AM
I feel bad for the injured people...
Coolgirl101 September 10, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Looks like a BAD accident!!
Lakishia Stewart September 10, 2012 at 03:47 PM
I was there the night it happened stayed at the Marriott. That was the worst accident I ever witnessed. My hear goes out to the family. I stood by the young girl to insure she was breathing covered her with a blanket & tried to console the husband. I felt helpless I couldn't do anything but off my support. I also checked on the driver to insure he was ok & that's when I saw the poor victim. I wanted so bad for her to be ok but I knew it didn't look good. I had to be strong for the young man who wasn't doing good at all. I pray for the family & wish I could contact them directly to show my condolences. My whole family witnessed the whole thing. We were walking out of the hotel lobby & heard the crash & instantly ran over to the victims & contacted 911. I pray for the young girl that she makes it out of critical condition. My family is having a really hard time coping & we really just want to know if the young girl is ok. We would love to send flowers & a card for Sherry Hicks. She is truly an angel......May God rest her soul. I know she's in Heaven.
Monica September 10, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Sherry is my neightbor and a friend of 15 years. The other victim is Sherry's son's wife; she may look like a young girl because she is tiny, but she is in her twenties and they have been married for 2 months. She is in surgery today and her injuries are not life threatening. Thank you for being there for them. Pray for Casey and Sherry's two daughters.
Stunned September 10, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Thank you for doing what you could for my friends. The young wife and husband are two of the nicest people I have been privileged to know. Always willing to go out of their way for a friend. There are no words.
Stunned September 10, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Thank you for the update on the wife's condition Monica. Please consider editing your post to remove unreleased names to respect the privacy of the family.
AmyWC September 10, 2012 at 08:07 PM
I just read an Oakland Tribune report saying the driver had 2 prior DUI arrests in Ventura county.
Denise Skinner September 10, 2012 at 09:58 PM
Lakishia, thank you for being there. Sherry was a beautiful and loving mom and friend. She and her son Casey were very close. This is unbelievable to all of us who love their family. We are all praying for your family along with theirs.
angel September 11, 2012 at 08:54 AM
yes HE DID have. he should have never been given a third chance. Sherry would be here enjoying her family. NOT THIS SMIRKY DRUNK BASTARD.
Carla McClure September 16, 2012 at 04:25 AM
Couldn't agree more - she was a beautiful person who was a devoted loving mother and teacher who played an important positive role in many people's lives. He should get the death penalty.


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