Award Winning Journalist Bob Simon is Killed in New York Crash
In a week dominated by NBC anchor Brian Williams’ inconsistencies about his experiences in war zones, another journalist whose credentials as a fearless war correspondent were never questioned, has been tragically killed.
Bob Simon, the award winning CBS correspondent, was killed when riding as a passenger in a Lincoln Town Car in New York.
The Washington Post described Simon as the “embodiment of the fearless foreign correspondent.” Simon was kidnapped by Saddam Hussein’s soldiers during the Iraq war, where he was “beaten and spat upon because he was a Jew.” He lived to tell the tale and kept on searching for more adventures.
Simon was killed on Wednesday night in a car accident on New York City’s West Side Highway. The Washington Post reported he was riding in the back of a hired Lincoln Town Car about 6:45 p.m. when the driver lost control, sideswiped a Mercedes-Benz and crashed into a metal median separating traffic on the highway, according to a press release from the New York Police Department. When police reached the scene, Simon was unconscious and had suffered injuries to his head and torso. The 73-year-old was taken to Mount Sinai Roosevelt Hospital in Manhattan, where he was pronounced dead.
New York police was the cab driver was also injured but was listed in stable condition and the other driver was not injured.
Simon had been with CBS News since 1967, when he joined the network’s New York newsroom. For more than 50 years, he reported from war zones including Cyprus, The Falklands and Yugoslavia as well as Somalia and Iraq.
Fatal car accidents occur on a regular basis on the roads of Virginia and elsewhere. However, they make more prominent headlines when famous people are involved in them.
Recently, the former Olympic and reality TV star Bruce Jenner was involved in an accident in California that left a woman dead. Police reported on a multi-vehicle wreck that took place shortly after noon Saturday on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu.
It started when the driver of a Toyota Prius either stopped or slowed down and was rear-ended by a white Lexus, police said. Jenner was reported to be driving a black Cadillac Escalade and towing an off-road vehicle. He rear-ended the Lexus, which sent the Lexus into oncoming traffic.
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