It is with heavy hearts that we announce that a car accident claimed the life of Bob Simon. He informed households across the nation on current events and foreign affairs when he worked as a CBS New foreign reporter and “60 Minutes” correspondent. Simon was only 73.
Many shared their shock and grief over the award-winning newsman’s death. When asked to respond, executive producer of 60 Minutes, Jeff Fager, said,
It is such a tragedy made worse because we lost him in a car accident, a man who has escaped more difficult situations than almost any journalist in modern times.
Unfortunately, car accidents are all too common in New York City. Our attorney David Perecman believes that Simon’s death is a reminder of the inherent dangers associated with driving. According to research gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an average of 33,561 people were killed in 5,615,000 police reports that were submitted in a year. Auto accidents are a leading reason for death in people aged 5 to 34, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
According to news reports, Simon was in the backseat of a Lincoln Town Car when a livery cab hit a Mercedes-Benz. Because the Mercedes was stopped at a red light, the impact of the cab caused the former car to crash into barriers separating north and southbound traffic.
Simon sustained neck and head injuries and later died at the local hospital he was transported to. Initial investigations show that Simon was not wearing a seatbelt. Speeding was also a determinate for the extent of the crash. Unfortunately, speeding is one of the main reasons for car accidents in New York. NHTSA reports that 30% of speeding crashes result in fatalities.
Simon’s loss will be felt by many. He leaves a long legacy of succinct investigative journalism. He worked with CBS News for almost 50 years. He received over 40 awards, including 27 Emmys and 4 Peabody awards. Since 1960, Simon visited high risk areas with major conflicts to inform his audience. He will be sorely missed.