Mathematician John Nash and Wife Killed in Taxi Accident

June 5, 2015

John Nash was known for his incredible contributions to the world of math and economic sciences. In 1994, Nash received the Nobel Prize for his work in game theory and recently was awarded the Abel Prize, a highly prestigious award in the field of mathematics. His work was perhaps as well-known as his private struggles, particularly because of the release of the film A Beautiful Mind. The film depicts Nash as a young man struggling with undiagnosed schizophrenia, a mental illness that Nash was eventually able to overcome to continue his mathematical pursuits.

Nash and his wife Alicia were tragically killed in a sudden taxi accident. The taxi was headed south on the New Jersey turnpike when the driver attempted to pass a vehicle in the center lane and lost control of the automobile. The driver was not seriously harmed. John Nash was 86, and Alicia Nash 82. The taxi driver has not been found at fault for the accident and no charges have been filed against the driver of the other vehicle.

How Common are Taxi Accidents?

Taxi cab drivers have a lower crash rate than the general population by about a third, but that does not mean they are incapable of causing severe accidents. When anyone is injured in a taxi accident, it is important that they know their rights under Florida law. Victims of taxi cab accidents should contact a Florida taxi accident attorney to learn more. If you’d like to see more news and information on car accidents, see out updated blog, as well as our Facebook and Twitter pages.

 

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