Bob Simon, 60 Minutes Reporter and CBS Correspondent, Dies in Auto Accident

Posted on behalf of Goldberg Finnegan, LLC on Feb 12, 2015 in Car Accidents

brake lights in the rear of carLongtime 60 Minutes reporter and legendary journalist Bob Simon died Wednesday after a car accident in New York City. He was 73.

Simon was riding in the back city of a livery cab around 6:45 p.m. Wednesday evening. His cab rear-ended another vehicle and crashed into barriers separating the lanes of traffic. He was taken to St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital with head and torso injuries, and died shortly after.

The driver of the cab also sustained injuries to his arms and legs, and was taken to a different hospital. No charges have been filed as a result of the accident, and the police are still investigating its causes.

Simon's 47-year career in journalism earned him over 40 major awards, including 27 Emmys and 4 Peabody Awards. The newsman joined CBS News in 1967, and began his career covering the Vietnam War on location as a foreign correspondent. His reports from the Vietnam, Tel Aviv, and multiple other war zones and areas of conflict made him a household name for many Americans.

In 1991, Simon and three CBS News colleagues were captured, imprisoned and tortured by the Iraqi army during the Persian Gulf War. Simon wrote about his experiences in a book titled, Forty Days.  Currently, Simon was preparing an extensive report on the Ebola health crisis.

Simon is survived by his wife Françoise, his daughter Tanya, her husband Dr. Evan Garfein, and his grandson Jack.

Auto accidents are tragedies that do not discriminate. People from all walks of life, whether famous reporters or everyday citizens, can be affected by negligent or careless driving. The personal injury attorneys at Goldberg Finnegan extend their condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Simon, and remind all drivers to take care on the roadways.

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