NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The widow of “60 Minutes” correspondent Bob Simon has sued the driver of a town car that crashed and killed her husband in February.
Francoise Anne-Marie Simon filed the lawsuit in Manhattan Supreme Court.
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The suit names the driver, Reshad Abdul Fedahi, the limousine company, Skyline Credit Ride, and its contractor, Travez Transporation.
The suit says Simon, 73, “suffered conscious pain” before dying of his injuries.
Simon was killed Feb. 11 when the limo crashed on the West Side Highway.
It says the death could have been avoided if Fedahi’s employers had not rehired him.
Fedahi had two speeding convictions and nine license revocations.
The suit seeks punitive damages.
Simon had a career that spanned more than 50 years, surviving close calls in dozens of dangerous conflicts overseas. The Bronx-born globetrotter joined CBS News in 1967 and soon became a foreign correspondent.
Simon received numerous awards for his reporting. His 2012 story from Central Africa on the world’s only all-black symphony won him his fourth Peabody award and an Emmy. A 2013 story about an orchestra in Paraguay, one whose poor members constructed their instruments from trash, won him his 27th Emmy.
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