In today’s fast-paced society, one can never be too careful when driving on a crowded urban street. New York, Los Angeles and Chicago are the largest cities in the United States. It should come as no surprise, then, to find out that these cities are hotbeds for motor vehicle accidents. It all comes down to simple ratios: the greater the population, the greater the number of cars on the road in a given area. Millions of people live and work in the city, and not all of them opt for public transportation. Hard working Americans travel by car to work every day. Unfortunately, not all commuters make it to their destinations safely.
Car accidents are an ever-present threat to every American who ventures out onto the city streets. The rich and the poor alike are prone to sometimes life-threatening injuries. In the saddest cases, car accident victims are killed instantaneously in severe crashes. Driving responsibly has been emphasized more in recent years, but the grim truth is that accidents are continuing to claim the lives of thousands of Americans each year, including ones who are very well known.
Back in 1967, a young man named Bob Simon got his first job reporting for CBS. From that day forward, Simon would garner a reputation as being one of the best reporters in the industry. He provided extensive coverage of the Vietnam War and was later imprisoned by Iraqi militants during the first Gulf War.
On February 11, 2015, Simon was riding in a hired town car that was driving him through the streets of New York City. Suddenly, the driver of his town car lost control and slammed head on into on-coming traffic. When members of the New York Fire Department and Police Department found the 73-year-old journalist, he was badly injured. He was rushed to a nearby hospital for emergency treatment. Doctors worked diligently to save him, but to no avail. Simon passed away in the hospital after succumbing to his wounds.
Shocked at the death of this legendary journalist, the reporting world has been grieving the loss. The 60 Minutes show has vowed to air a special program heralding Simon and his 50 year career in the field of journalism. He is survived by his wife, Francoise, and his daughter, Tanya. His daughter produces 60 Minutes.