Bob Simon, an award-winning journalist and correspondent for CBS’s 60 Minutes, was killed in an accident in Manhattan on Wednesday night.
Simon was riding in a hired Lincoln Town Car on the West Side Highway when the crash occurred shortly before 7 p.m., according to CBS. The car lost control, hit a Mercedes-Benz stopped at a red light, and then struck the median. When emergency responders arrived, they found Simon unconscious in the backseat with head and stomach injuries, according to USA Today. He was pronounced dead at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center. The driver was in stable condition at another hospital. The Mercedes driver was not injured. No charges have been filed.
The Mercedes driver, 23-year-old Zachery Miller, told the New York Post that the Town Car was veering erratically before the collision. “He swerved into me,” Miller said, “and he looked like he lost control of the car.” Both drivers tested negative for alcohol, according to the New York Times.
Simon’s death was announced shortly before 10 p.m. by Scott Pelley, anchor of CBS Evening News, USA Today reports. In a statement, Jeff Fager, 60 Minutes executive producer, 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.”
Simon joined CBS is 1967 and enjoyed a long and distinguished career, covering events all over the world. In 1991, he and members of his crew were captured and held for 40 days in an Iraqi prison. After their release, Simon described being spit at and tortured. Simon, a Bronx native, is survived by his wife, Francoise, and daughter, Tanya, a 60 Minutes producer.