Auto Accident Claims Economist's DC Bureau Chief

Peter David, who had worked for the magazine since 1984 in roles including foreign editor and Lexington columnist, died May 10 in a two-car crash in Virginia.

Washington, D.C., journalists are posting tributes to Peter David, 60, Washington bureau chief for The Economist and the magazine's Lexington columnist. David died in a two-car crash about 9:40 p.m. May 10 in Albemarle County, Virginia, in which three other people were hurt. He was a passenger in one of the vehicles on Interstate 64 when it was read-ended, ran off the road, struck a guardrail, and overturned, according to a report posted online by WVIR-TV, which is based in Charlottesville, Va.

The Politico website posted a story about David's career, with numerous comments added by colleagues and journalists who had worked with him in the past, whether in Washington, in the Middle East, or in the UK.

The Economist posted his photo on its homepage with this statement: "We are very sorry to announce that Peter David, our Washington bureau chief, Lexington columnist and former foreign editor, died in a car accident on Thursday night. He had worked at The Economist since 1984 and was a much-loved colleague and friend. We will pay fuller tribute to him in next week's issue."

Visit http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2012/05/economists-dc-chief-dies-in-car-crash-123190.html and http://www.economist.com/mediadirectory/peter-david for more information about David and http://www.nbc29.com/story/18298503/police-investigate-i-64-fatal-accident for the TV station's report on the accident.

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