Officer Hickey died on May 30, 1999, 6 days after being involved in an accident during a vehicle pursuit.
Officer Hickey was the passenger in a patrol car being driven by her Field Training Officer (FTO), when they attempted to stop a vehicle for speeding and running a red light. Approximately three minutes later the FTO swerved to avoid another vehicle in an intersection and struck a light pole.
Officer Hickey had served with the agency for only 1 month. As Officer Hickey’s passing was so close to National Police Week, each year the Cockrell Hill Police Department holds a memorial service on or as close as possible to her anniversary instead of during Police Week.