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Longtime newsman dies in New York City car accident

Posted on Jan 17, 2012 in Car Accidents

On behalf of Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff, LLP posted in Car Accidents on Tuesday, January 17, 2012.

A man who spent years reporting the news is now a part of the headlines. Longtime newsman Richard Threlkeld died earlier this month when his car crashed into a propane tanker.

The car accident happened on Long Island. The 74-year-old man was taken to Southampton Hospital after the crash where he succumbed to his injuries. The driver of the propane tanker was not injured. Police are continuing to investigate the crash.

Threlkeld spent time as a news reporter, anchor and bureau chief. He covered some of the biggest stories of the century, including the Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf War and the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, along with countless other stories.

Threlkeld was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In 1966 he began working at CBS as a producer and editor in New York. He retired in 1998 after spending 25 years with the network.

The 74-year-old newsman leaves behind a wife of 28 years, along with two children and two grandchildren.

The family will likely want answers from authorities as to what exactly caused the fatal accident. If authorities determine that the driver of the tanker was negligent, they may be eligible for compensation. When a driver’s negligence causes harm to another person, they should be held accountable for their actions.

Although no amount of money can make up for the family’s tragic loss, it may help them cope knowing there is some form of recourse.

People in New York City who are involved in car accidents and those who find themselves injured would do well to seek legal advice. In some cases, they may be compensated for their injuries.

Source: Wall Street Journal, “Newsman Richard Threlkeld dies in car accident,” Jan. 13, 2012

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