Former Justice Cruz Reynoso and Family Seriously Injured in Automobile Accident


The Vanguard has learned that Former California Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso, his wife Elaine and his grandson were in a serious car accident near Charlottesville, VA on Sunday.

Mr. Reynoso sustained a number of broken bones, ribs and a collapsed lung and will be healing for some time.

His wife is in an induced coma because there was bleeding on the brain and they need to reduce the pressure before they can consider other options.  She also underwent emergency abdominal surgery after the accident and her situation remains critical.

Justice Reynoso is an internationally known civil rights leader, the first Latino to sit on the California Supreme Court, and a 2000 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. He has served as associate general counsel to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunities Commission, as a member of the Select Commission on Immigration and Human Rights, and as vice chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. He joined the faculty at UC Davis in 2001.

Mr. Reynoso, 79, was named to the California Supreme Courtin 1982, appointed by Governor Jerry Brown.  In 1986, he was part of the conservative revolt, that removed him, along with Chief Justice Rose Bird and Associate Justice Joseph Grodin.

Last year, following the shooting death of Luis Gutierrez by Yolo County Sheriff’s, he agreed to head an Independent Civil Rights Commission to look into the shooting death.  The panel has met publicly both in February and April and made local headlines for uncovering new information, witnesses, which caused the DA’s office to re-open their investigation.

—David M. Greenwald reporting

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David Greenwald is the founder, editor, and executive director of the Davis Vanguard. He founded the Vanguard in 2006. David Greenwald moved to Davis in 1996 to attend Graduate School at UC Davis in Political Science. He lives in South Davis with his wife Cecilia Escamilla Greenwald and three children.

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    I’m sure everyone wishes Justice Reynoso and his family speedy and complete recovery. He is one of our state’s great assets and and a true gentleman and role model.

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