Veteran CBS News journalist Bob Simon was killed in a car crash Wednesday night in New York City. He was 73.
It has been confirmed that Simon was a passenger in a Lincoln Town Car livery cab that rear-ended a Mercedes-Benz and then hit a median while going south on 12th Avenue at W. 30th Street. Emergency responders arrived at the scene and assessed that he had injuries to the head and torso; he was pronounced dead at nearby St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital. The 44-year-old driver of the Town Car was hospitalized at Bellevue in stable condition, while the driver of the Mercedes was uninjured, according to the NYPD. No arrests were made and the accident is under investigation.
CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley made the announcement on air in a special report. "One of the great writers of a generation has passed. Bob Simon was a journalist of extraordinary courage," he also tweeted.