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. Joe Reg

    Drunk and Driving accident.

    Driving while under the influence of booze.

    July 23, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  2. James Hussein, SC

    So this is how you plan to discredit Novak for calling out John McCain for using him?

    CNN you are sick!

    July 23, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  3. bryan in sf

    maybe he should take the subway train like the rest of us.

    July 23, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  4. R.I.F.

    He's probably still upset that McCain mislead him about the VP announcement. I really hope the media doe start covering McCain more. His lies, gaffes, misspeaks and lack of focusing on any of his solutions or policies need to be exposed.

    July 23, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  5. Steve Green

    Thankfully the pedestrian is OK, but he must have been a Democrat!

    July 23, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  6. Matt, Manchester, CT

    Fantastic story CNN – This is right on top of things as far as today's headlines are concerned. Great.

    July 23, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  7. dc lady

    this happens a LOT in the dc area. usually a mix of people driving carelessly or jaywalkers...

    July 23, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  8. Brian

    Was the pedestrian James Carville?

    July 23, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  9. Janice Hough

    Presumably it was the pedestrian's fault for walking too far to the left.

    July 23, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  10. Concerned INDEPENDENT CT voter

    LMAO!!! how old is this gentlemen?

    -V

    July 23, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  11. Susan, Macedon New York

    Hope they don't make the poor pedestrian apologize for getting in Novak's way, like they made that poor man apologize for inconveniencing Cheney when he was shot by him!

    July 23, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  12. proud army and navy mom

    i hope everyone is alright.

    can't help but think that novak might have been thinking of the way the mccain campaign used him to spread false rumors of vp annoucement earlier this week. He didn't seem pleased by it....just the way the American people don't feel please by the way the repugs lie and deceive us.

    July 23, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  13. Biffington, Biff

    WAS IT VALERIE PLAME??

    (sorry.... couldn't resist)

    July 23, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  14. Trish Hussein - PA

    Why is this a ticker item? Doesn't that seem a bit tasteless?? What does this have to do with politics and why do we need to hear everyone's opinion on this?? This is just weird.

    July 23, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  15. yellowdoggie

    I'm so glad the pedestrian survived and is expected to be released soon. Can you imagine Novak's face being the last thing you saw before dying?

    July 23, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  16. McLAME

    Perhaps he will get a ticket? Then again perhaps not. If he can out a CIA agent without as much as a slap on the wrist then he should be able to just drive over the "little people".

    July 23, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  17. Tony

    He probably did it as a statement against bicycles – they're too eco-friendly.

    July 23, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  18. Frank

    Creepy!

    July 23, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  19. BE CAREFUL!!!

    I'm glad to hear the person is ok !!

    Robert Novak is old like McCain

    July 23, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  20. Zorro

    Novak has become so ignored intellectually that all he has left is his celebrity. Not unlike a Brittany Spears, he has to run down a liberal in a crosswalk to get attention.

    July 23, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  21. Jamie

    Wow, just like he hit Valerie Plame

    July 23, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  22. Adam

    Knock knock.

    Who's there?

    My car.

    July 23, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  23. The Right Vote - Obama

    Give Novak a break – This had to be awful for him and the person he injured.

    July 23, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  24. Kathy

    Time for drug testing!!!

    July 23, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  25. Maria

    This man has issues!

    July 23, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
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