Simon was riding in the passenger seat of a vehicle that lost control and hit another at West 32nd Street and 12th Avenue in Manhattan at 6:45 p.m. The veteran reporter was later pronounced dead at Mount Sinai Roosevelt Hospital. He was 73 years old.
CNN's Anderson Cooper, who had worked closely with Simon in the past, reacted to the news on air Wednesday evening. Cooper said that from the time he was a small child, he looked up to Simon.