Sadly, 73 year old ’60 Minutes’ Correspondent Bob Simon was killed on Wednesday February 11, 2015, after the black livery vehicle in which he was a passenger was sideswiped by a Mercedes sedan. The tragic accident happened in Manhattan on 12th Avenue near West 30th Street at around 6:45 p.m. After the initial collision, the livery car reportedly crashed into metal stanchions separating the north and southbound lanes of 12th Avenue.
Mr. Simon, an esteemed and decorated newsman who had been with CBS since 1967 and won 27 Emmy Awards, was taken from the scene to Mount Sinai Roosevelt Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police are investigating the incident.
Many have observed the irony that a man who bravely covered multiple wars, was aboard one of the last helicopters out of Saigon in 1975, and was captured and tortured by enemy forces in Iraq, has died in a car accident on the way to his Upper West Side home. This sad loss is yet another example of how dangerous the roads can be, and how tragedy often strikes when we least expect. We join the millions who mourn the loss of this iconic figure in the reporting world, who leaves behind his wife and daughter Tonya, a producer for ’60 Minutes’.
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