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. Wayne, Greenville TX

    Just as Robert No-Facts cannot be trusted with a newspaper column or a TV show, it looks like he can't be trusted with a car, either. :-)

    July 23, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  2. Ken L

    What about "hit and run"? It is BS that he wasn't arrested on the spot.

    July 23, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  3. Joseph P.

    hummm, reminds me of Jack Cafferty. Cant think of the reason at the moment, but im sure it will come to me.

    July 23, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  4. Jeffrey G. Brown

    He's a hit and run artist...just ask Valerie Plame!

    July 23, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  5. Marcus, Great Lakes IL

    Nothing serious???

    Do you know of how many people on either motor cycles or bikes are killed every year because of some dumb azz that is too busy talking on the phone, putting on makeup or reading while driving?

    Chances are, if you hit anyone on a mc or bike you are going to kill them, you slam on your brakes and they are behind you, you are going to kill them as they can't stop as fast as you do.

    July 23, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  6. Jann, Denver CO

    I have a feeling he did know he hit the pedestrian, but didn't feel the need to stop.

    July 23, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  7. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    No problem.
    He's been running over and trampling the public trust for some time now.
    A natural extension of his rampant and impersonal nature–would include pedestrians, cattle, and small children while driving a motor vehicle.

    Why should he be any more cautious in what he does when it comjes to a motor vehicle–when he is equally careless with his tongue and pen?

    July 23, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  8. Anne E.

    Yep, try this guy for treason; alternatively, STOP GIVING HIM ANY RECOGNITION!!! He needs to be put out to pasture....

    July 23, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  9. Discredit

    John McCain is doing enough on his own to discredit himself. The pressure of trying to maintain the lie is getting to Novak.

    July 23, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  10. M Root

    This isn't the first time that Novak has clipped someone. It's just another day for Robert.

    However, one has to wonder if he is too old to drive an automobile. This could been seen as a time for Novak to get out journalism also as he seems a bit indifferent about his professional career as well.

    M Root

    July 23, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  11. Ken L

    What about "hit and run"? It is deplorable that he wasn't arrested on the spot.

    July 23, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  12. joe

    That would do it for Novak. The republicans think they don't live in this earth that we live in and they are above the LAW!

    July 23, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  13. Michael Wamsley

    Novak should go to jail for hit and run...........

    July 23, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  14. JB Boston

    Hey Texas Trail Dog-

    The truth is she was not a secret agent. She had not been "secret" for many years. EVERYONE in the elite washington dc party crowd knew she worked for the CIA. She had not been undercover for over 10 years. That is the truth. You can whine and cry all you want, but it does not change the truth.

    And yes, CNN you are fallng fast. Come on, give us something news worthy.

    July 23, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  15. Crush Rush

    K street no less.Guess he was there getting another payoff for a job well done in the coverup.

    July 23, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  16. Emma

    That isn't all Novak has hit and "not noticed".

    July 23, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  17. No Fan of Moonbats

    If Traitor Novak were sitting in Leavenworth where he belongs, this wouldn't have happened.

    July 23, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  18. Ken

    Let me see,
    mmmmmmh,
    He was rushing to go write the vp for mccain.........This guy is a moron. Remember he was the one who started false rumours of Obama early in the race in his column and Obama took on him........
    He is just a moron and can not help to think how sorry I am to that pedestran!

    July 23, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  19. Lucas, Nashville TN

    More silly old men unaware of their surroundings in DC... imagine that.

    July 23, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  20. Butch Dillon

    Mundane things like pedestrians hardly penetrate the insular world of right wing egomaniacs. If encouraged to talk about the accident any further, Novak will probably find a way to blame the victim for his inattentive driving.

    July 23, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  21. KMAN

    Obviously, his driving skills are no better than his myopic commentaries or his devotion to our Country ... Journalist my @ss!!

    July 23, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  22. Jack

    I don't understand how you can get hit by a car. They are big and usually follow a predicted path.

    July 23, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  23. Crush Rush

    Couldnt care less if it was the King of K Street,"Tom Delay.

    July 23, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  24. Joseph IRAQ WAR VET

    I THINK THE REAL STORY HERE IS THAT THIS ACCIDENT TOOK PLACE ON 17TH AND K STREET, WHAT ARE YOU DOING HANGING AROUND LOBBYIST CENTRAL BOB??? GETTING MORE OF YOUR PATHETIC CORPORATE TALKING POINTS FROM THE PEOPLE WHO HELPED YOU BUY THAT NICE CORVETTE HUH? LOL

    July 23, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  25. Dennis

    The pedestrian looked a lot like Joe Wilson. That may explain how he didn't really notice the consequences of his actions.

    July 23, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
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