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. Jerry

    Shame on that pedestrian for trying to take away Bobby's right of way.

    July 23, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  2. Peter

    Was the pedestrian Valerie Plame?

    July 23, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  3. ClintonDem4Cynthia08

    Was he an Obama supporter? Should've voted for Cynthia McKinney.

    July 23, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  4. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    And the point?

    July 23, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  5. John

    It must have been someone who was whining about the state of the economy.

    July 23, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  6. Arkay, MI

    Was the pedetrian Valerie Plame by any chance?

    July 23, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  7. Tolu, in Minneapolis

    Seriously, is this political news or just sensational news? I guess you (CNN) have a lot of airtime, and have to fill it up with something.

    On a side note, please introduce a rating system for the comments/blog. Way too many idiots, incoherent and non relevant contents, and misspellers on this site. Let the free market forces subvert such people.

    July 23, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  8. norma - Wisconsin

    Actually, its probably the only time Robert Novak hit anything head on. I'm sympathetic for the person that was hurt, but Robert Novak has not been on target on anything since I first heard of him.

    Maybe they should take his driver's license away!

    July 23, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  9. dave

    ha!

    July 23, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  10. FactCheck

    He then diverted attention by outing a dozen more covert CIA agents.

    July 23, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  11. cynical at best

    How come he wasn't charged with hit and run?

    July 23, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  12. The Canadian

    Slow News Day Eh?

    July 23, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  13. Susan Bruce

    Once again, Novak veers too far to the right.

    July 23, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  14. Bob Stephens

    He was probably reading a text message from John McCain when it happened.

    July 23, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  15. No Fan of Moonbats

    You're taking that "Prince of Darkness" thing a little too far, aren't you, traitor?

    July 23, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  16. Nnamdi - Truth always prevail

    "A bicycle rider stopped me and said I had hit someone."

    How do republicans ever know when they hit someone or the country? Just a thought!

    July 23, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  17. Sharon

    It's time for him to let someone else do the driving. I believe he is around 78 years old.

    July 23, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  18. No Bam Bam

    CNN...what gives? Did the moderator take off today?

    July 23, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  19. PlameIsPretty

    What else can this man possibly do wrong? Sheesh.

    July 23, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  20. Carlo

    More proof as to just how clueless this guy is.

    July 23, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  21. josh

    Witness on the scene also said that Mr. Novac babbled non-stop and made absolutely no sense, insisting that he did not see the pedestrian because the pedestrian was "under cover".

    July 23, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  22. carol

    If anybody else did that, they would have been charged with hit and run, and/or leaving the scene of an accident. Then he could explain it to the judge.

    Mr. Novak is 77 years old. Maybe it's time he think about retirement.

    July 23, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  23. Ricky - Hispanic/Educated and voting for Obama

    I work about 3 blocks east of there. DC is well known for its high number of vehicle-pedestrian accidents. I sometimes still fail to realize why people insist on driving in downtown DC instead of taking the metro. Then again the drivers run red lights, cut people, and act as guardian of the road. It's actually kind of annoying.

    July 23, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  24. Bob

    Ooooh, my Goodnesssssssssssssss!

    July 23, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  25. Soap on a Rope!

    FINALLY A REASON TO SEND THIS WORTHLESS PIECES OF EXCREMENT TO PRISON!!!!!

    Fresh fish boys!!!! Come and get it!

    July 23, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
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