Crash kills David Halberstam

first_imgThe impact forced the two cars into a third car. The 73-year-old Halberstam, on his way to an interview, was wearing a seat belt, the coroner’s official said. Halberstam had spoken Saturday night at the University of California at Berkeley on “Turning Journalism into History.” Orville Schell, the dean of Berkeley’s graduate school of journalism, said in an e-mail Monday afternoon that Halberstam was on his way to an interview for his next book, about the Korean War, at the time of the crash. “I have spoken with David’s wife in New York City, extended the condolences of the whole school and offered to do everything that we can in this difficult time for her and their family,” Schell said in his e-mail. MENLO PARK – Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist David Halberstam was killed in a three-car crash Monday in Menlo Park, the San Mateo County Coroner’s Office announced. Halberstam, author of several books, died at the scene after the car in which he was a front-seat passenger was hit broadside by another vehicle. A coroner’s official said he died of massive internal injuries. The driver of the car that Halberstam was in was attempting to make a left turn when it was hit by an oncoming car. Schell said he told Halberstam’s wife that Halberstam “had given a truly inspired talk here at Berkeley and that we had had a lovely dinner with him afterwards.” A first-year graduate student, Kevin Jones, who was in the car with Halberstam, sustained a punctured lung in the crash and was taken to the Stanford Medical Center, Schell said. A graduate of Harvard University, Halberstam began his journalism career at the Daily Times Leader in West Point, Miss., according to a biography on his agent’s Web site. His reporting on the Vietnam War angered President Kennedy, who asked the New York Times to transfer him to another bureau. Halberstam later won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the war. Halberstam wrote 15 bestsellers, including “The Best and the Brightest,” on the Vietnam War; “Summer of ’49,” on the 1949 pennant race between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox; and his latest book, “The Education of a Coach,” on New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick. His next book, “The Coldest Winter,” was to be an account of a battle of the Korean War. Halberstam lived in New York next to a fire station. He wrote a bestseller, “Firehouse,” on that local fire station, which lost 12 men in the Sept. 11, 2001, attack. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more