On Monday of this week, I sat next to Peter David, Washington bureau chief of the Economist, at a dinner at the Atlantic's headquarters, in which we heard the CEO of Boeing talk his industry's future and the prospects for American innovation more generally.

Just now I have seen the news that Peter David was killed last night in a car accident. This picture is from the Economist's site, which has that sad disclosure.

I don't have any more information nor any standing as a special friend of Peter David's over the years. [Update: More information from Politico.] But I liked him and respected him, even when sometimes disagreeing with him on political and other matters. My sympathies to his family and colleagues.
Update Peter David's friend and colleague Clive Crook has a very eloquent tribute.