Nina Kapur, a reporter for CBS2 New York, died on July 19 following a moped accident, the station announced. Kapur, 26, was injured during the accident on July 18, and was taken to the hospital where she later died.
CBS said Kapur was riding on a Revel motorbike, when the man operating it had swerved “for an unknown reason.” Revel is a scooter-sharing service in New York City. The two of them were “launched onto the street after the mishap,” CBS said. An NYPD spokesperson told CBS that the collision took place at around 5.30pm on Saturday (July 18) in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
A few days before her death, Kapur had Tweeted at Revel, saying that she had been trying to contact its customer support center without success.
Kapur, a Pennsylvania native, joined CBS2 in June 2019. The station said Kaur was known for her “contagious smile and love for storytelling.”
Her latest Twitter feed shows that Kapur had recently been on a vacation to Denver. On July 13 she tweeted: “There’s something so soothing and comforting about travel and nature. After a 5 day trip to #Denver, I’m feeling refreshed and ready to get back to work!”
“We are heartbroken here at CBS2 as a member of our news family has passed away,” the station said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Nina’s family. She will be missed.”
Prior to joining CBS2 Kapur worked for News12 in Norwalk, Connecticut, since November 2017. Before that she worked as a reporter for WDVM TV in Maryland, according to Kapur’s LinkedIn page. The Pennsylvania native graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communication in 2016 with a degree in broadcast and digital journalism.
Social media was inundated with tributes for Kaur from both colleagues and friends.
Journalist Zach Parnes called Kapur a “shining light.” Similarly, CBS reporter John Dias tweeted: “Finding it hard to report today, but pulling myself together because I know @ninakapur1 wouldn’t want me to fall apart. She was a true angel on earth, and now she is a real one in heaven. Love you, Nina! RIP. @CBSNewYork and the world lost one of its best.
Jane Hong, a friend of Kapur’s from Syracuse wrote: “This is the Nina Kapur I met in college: excellent at what she did while wearing a big smile on her face,” Jane Hong wrote on Twitter along with a video of Kapur. “I remember telling her I couldn’t wait to watch her on national news one day… she deserved more. praying for her family and loved ones.”