John Nash, the inspiration for the 2001 Oscar-winning film A Beautiful Mind, and his wife were victims of a fatal taxi accident on May 23, according to the New York Times. The famed mathematician is best known for his battle with schizophrenia and work with game theory, winning him the 1994 Memorial Prize in Economic Science. Nash, 86, and wife Alicia Nash, 82, were traveling home to Princeton, New Jersey when the accident occurred.
Reports indicate that the taxi driver, Tark Girgis, lost control of the vehicle while attempting to pass another driver at around 4:30 p.m. The taxi hit a guardrail and immediately sent Nash and his wife from the vehicle. It is presumed that neither of the passengers was wearing a seatbelt.
Girgis was immediately sent to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick with non-life-threatening conditions. He willingly submitted to drug and alcohol tests by police after the accident.
Nash is survived by his two sons, John Stier and Johnny Nash. The thoughts and well-wishes of Hach & Rose, LLP, go out to the friends, family, and all affected by this tragic loss.
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