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Bug #28490 closed:corrected

'4-year-old sued for bike crash' story still has errors

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This bug appeared in a news report published by CBS News on Nov 1, 2010 by Barry Leibowitz. View the original news report.
Bug Type:  Simple Factual Error

The story misstates the age of a child involved in the incident; he was five, not four. It also misstates the circumstances of the elderly woman's death; she died three months after the incident (not three weeks after it) reportedly from unrelated causes.

Supporting Information:

A report in the New York Times originally had the same errors in it, as detailed in the appended correction notices:


(The mistakes were also noted in a column by the NYT's public editor: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/14/opinion/14pubed.html)


Mark Follman has contacted CBS News and received the following response.

Awaiting a response. (Contacted today using CBS News.com's email form.)

Updated: See below for response from CBS.

Bug History

Nov 16, 2010 9:16 am Open Mark Follman
Nov 16, 2010 9:16 am Open: Responded To Mark Follman
Nov 16, 2010 9:21 am Open Mark Follman
Nov 16, 2010 11:32 am Open: Under Discussion Mark Follman
Nov 16, 2010 11:34 am Closed: Corrected Mark Follman

Discussion Leave a comment

We received a response by email:

The inaccuracies reported in this bug - http://mediabugs.org/bugs/4-year-old-sued-for-bike-crash-story-still-has-errors - have been corrected. Thank you very much for pointing them out.

Kevin Hayes
Managing Editor - Crimesider/CBSNews.com

Nov 16, 2010 11:32 am