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David, DC bureau chief for Economist, dies in car accident

May 12, 2012

Posted by Chris Roush

Peter David, The Economist‘s Washington bureau chief and Lexington columnist, died in a car accident on Thursday night, reports Dylan Byers of Politico.

David writes, “David had been with the London-based magazine for 28 years. He became British political editor and Bagehot columnist in 1998 and then foreign editor in 2001, before assuming the D.C. bureau chief chair in 2009. As author of the Lexington column, he wrote frequently about U.S. politics and business.

‘He had worked at The Economist since 1984 and was a much-loved colleague and friend,’ the editors said in a statement on the magazine’s homepage. ‘We will pay fuller tribute to him in next week’s issue.’

“The car accident occurred last night at 9:45 p.m. on Interstate 64 in Albemarle County, Virginia, according to a report by the local NBC affiliate there. David was riding with three others, all of whom were taken to the University of Virginia Medical Center for treatment. The driver of the other car was charged with reckless driving. David was the only casualty. (The report incorrectly states David’s age as 70.)”

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