July 23rd, 2008
12:05 PM ET
6 years ago

Novak hits pedestrian with car

Robert Novak is interviewed after the accident.
Robert Novak is interviewed after the accident.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Journalist Robert Novak hit a pedestrian with his car in the nation's capital Wednesday morning, Washington police Lt. Michael Lockerman said.

Novak continued driving, unaware he had hit the man, he told told reporters for WJLA-TV and the Web site Politico as he got out of a police car.

"I didn't know I hit anybody," he said near the scene of the incident at 17th and K streets in northwest Washington. "A bicycle rider stopped me and said I had hit someone."

Watch: Robert Novak says he 'did know' he hit anybody

Novak said he was cited for failure to yield right of way.

"I feel terrible," said the journalist, a long-time Washington insider who works as a syndicated columnist.

"It was a slight clipping. The pedestrian hurt his shoulder. It was a slight injury, nothing serious," the police spokesman said.

The pedestrian was taken to George Washington University Hospital, and was expected to be treated and released later Wednesday, a fire department spokesman told CNN.


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  1. Tony

    Cool. Did Matt Lauer walk past a homeless guy without acknowledging him? Did Stephen Colbert give another driver the finger after cutting him off?

    July 23, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  2. Maggie Muggins From Selwyn

    Referring to Robert Novak as a journalist is oxymoron and an insult to anyone who attempts to honestly report news.

    July 23, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  3. Texas Trail Dog!

    Very sad about the pedestrian. I'm glad he's alright. BUT ROBERT NOVAK NEEDS TO BE TRIED FOR TREASON. THE FREEDOM OF THE PRESS DOES NOT APPLY WHEN YOU GIVE UP ONE OF YOUR COUNTRY'S SECRET AGENTS NAME TO THE PUBLIC WORLD. HE, BUSH AND CHENEY MUST BE TRIED FOR TREASON. ATTORNEY GENERAL DO YOUR JOB. BESIDES HE WASN'T ACTING AS A NEWSMAN HERE ANYWAY HE WAS ACTING AS A REPUBLICAN DOING REPUBLICAN THINGS OF WHAT THEY DO BEST. SETTING PEOPLE UP TO BE DESTROYED.

    July 23, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  4. Thomas

    I hope will be ok. Other than that, I fail to see how this is news or worthy of a blog.

    July 23, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  5. Michael, Orlando, Florida.

    What a bad week for Robert Novak after deception by McCain group, now he had a car crash. I am sure McCain deception is the root of this confusion and car crashing. We still love you Rob, hope you are okay.

    July 23, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  6. Obama-Junkie, IL

    I had said this before and I will say it again...OLD MAN YELLS AT CLOUDS!

    Bob Novak (The Prince of Darkness) and David Broder (The Karl Rovian Candidate) should retire.

    July 23, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  7. Thomas

    I hope the pedestrian will be ok. Other than that, I fail to see how this is news or worthy of a blog.

    July 23, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  8. Mark Webb

    Sure, this is news; but is it worth reporting???

    July 23, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  9. Tori, Oregon

    He truly is the prince of darkness

    July 23, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  10. Loretta from California

    Thank God the pedestrian will be ok.

    July 23, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  11. James Nelson

    What, did the traitor do a hit and run on another CIA agent?

    July 23, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    who cares? this has NOTHING to do with national politics, sorry. journalists are NOT supposed to be the content of news, please, CNN/.

    July 23, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  13. Nom Deplume

    Obviously, it is Bush's fault

    July 23, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  14. Dave C - NJ

    That is terrible and i wish the injured person well.

    By the way, since we are on the subject, why is everyone in an uproar over Obama getting tons of media press? He's a good story, isn't that what the media is supposed to cover?

    Also McCain got the SAME coverage hype in 2000.

    And isn't McCain the one that told Obama he should go overseas to begin with?

    And isn't it funny that Bush is sending diplomats to SYRIA while McCain is saying that Obama's diplomacy ideals are bad? John, if it's bad to talk to enemies, why does the GOP do it?

    Sorry for the thread hi-jack.... :)

    July 23, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  15. Connie

    Was this the McSenile staffer that led Novak astray this week with the vp pick story??????
    Connie from Indiana

    July 23, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  16. Phil, FL

    He's too old to be driving – he needs to take a taxi.

    I'm in my late 60s and dread when I have to give it up, but I'd rather be dependent than to risk taking someone's life.

    TEST all over 60 ever 2 years !!!!!

    July 23, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  17. Voter

    Why does CNN want people to comment on this unfortunate event? Really tasteless!

    July 23, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  18. Abby

    If he was in jail for outing the CIA agent, he would not be driving around now.

    July 23, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  19. Grumpy Old Man

    Who cares about this ... on the political ticker?

    Geesh .... get a clue CNN.

    July 23, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  20. Pam, Long Beach, CA

    Novak is a real scum...he outed an undercover CIA agent. He should be tried for treason. Too bad he couldn't run over himself.

    July 23, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  21. Maestroh

    Wonder if the patient's name was Valerie Plame?

    July 23, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  22. Barack the Tele-promp-ter Messiah

    And cue snarky commennnnnnnnnts... NOW!

    July 23, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  23. McHero 08

    Hope your both OK. Good news that he doenst seem seriously injured.

    July 23, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  24. Walt, Belton,TX

    I suppose Cheney leaked this story too?

    July 23, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  25. Angus McDugan

    Tell him to not do that any more.

    July 23, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
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