Times Editor Sues Truck Driver Over Broken Foot

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A managing editor of the New York Times, Jill Abramson, is suing a Pennsylvania truck driver, alleging he ran her over on May 8 at the intersection of Seventh Avenue and 44th Street, a few blocks from the newspaper’s Times Square headquarters.

She is seeking unspecified damages in State Supreme Court in Manhattan from the driver, Oscar Ernesto Lara. The suit also names a Bronx food distributor operating the truck, West Side Foods, and the truck’s registered owner, MTLR Corp. It accuses them of “negligence, carelessness, and recklessness,” causing her “to suffer severe and serious personal injuries to mind and body,” and “great physical pain and mental anguish.”

Tom Ryan of West Side Foods said he heard second-hand about the accident.

“The lady,” Mr. Ryan said, “I don’t know what the exact story is, she was standing in the street…and the wheel of the truck went over her foot.”

He referred further questions to a sister company, Interstate Foods, which didn’t return calls seeking comment.

Ms. Abramson, 53, is a former Wall Street Journal reporter and Washington bureau chief for the Times.

A Times spokeswoman declined to comment, and a woman who answered the phone at the Vesey Street office of Ms. Abramson’s attorney, Michael Steven Smith, said Mr. Smith would be unavailable for comment for the rest of the week.

The suit also names Ms. Abramson’s husband, Henry Griggs III, as a plaintiff.

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