NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Tributes have been pouring in for longtime “60 Minutes” correspondent Bob Simon, who died Wednesday in a car crash. He was 73.
“Bob Simon was a giant of broadcast journalism and a dear friend to everyone in the CBS News family,” CBS News President David Rhodes said in a statement. “We are all shocked by this tragic, sudden loss.”
Simon had a career that spanned more than 50 years, surviving close calls in dozens of dangerous conflicts overseas.
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Around 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, police said a livery cab he was riding in careened out of control on the West Side Highway near 30th Street. The driver hit a Mercedes Benz that was stopped at a red light and then slammed into the center median, police said.
Simon was headed to a medical lecture on Ebola in downtown Manhattan at the time of the accident, CBS2’s Jessica Schneider reported.
Simon was found unconscious with injuries to his head and abdomen, police said. He was taken to nearby St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Police said Thursday he was not wearing a seatbelt.
The town car driver — Abdul Reshad Fedahi, 44 — was taken to Bellevue Hospital with injuries to his legs and arms. The driver of the Mercedes — Zaq Miller, 23, of New Rochelle — wasn’t hurt.
“It’s a terrible loss for all of us at CBS News,” Jeffrey Fager, “60 Minutes” executive producer, said in a statement. “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. Bob was a reporter’s reporter. He was driven by a natural curiosity that took him all over the world covering every kind of story imaginable.”
“CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley called Simon’s death “absolutely shocking.”
“And yet it’s such a joy really to talk about Bob’s life and his career because he was a correspondent really unlike you ever see these days,” Pelley told WCBS 880.