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. Lee

    Novak clearly has no idea of what is going on around him. What does this say about his judgment? The man has no professional credibility now, kind of like Limbaugh, the self-admitted drug abuser. Both should be pulled off the air–their judgment is way off and it affects their behavior to the point where they violate laws–committing fraud, running down pedestrians without looking back, leaving the scene of an accident. What next? Time to take away the driver's license along with the FCC license.

    July 23, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  2. Jesse

    I've always said he's just a cranky old man (typical Republican) – now this just proves it!

    July 23, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  3. AMIGO

    Novak, McSame, Graham and all the rest of the ol' geesers should be shoved out of washington; they are a perenial hazard to everyone else in this country in more than one way – -

    July 23, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  4. Chad, Wisco

    Slow day huh? No new Obama hand gesture or anything else to report about? Didnt Michelle get a haircut recently?

    July 23, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  5. Lou Sthul

    This old coot has to be pushing 90. Mcain/Novak in '08 ! ! !

    July 23, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  6. Crush Rush

    I hope it was a lobbyist for big oil.

    July 23, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  7. Texun

    Nlk Green is right: there is one law for celebrities and another for the rest of us! That's the lesson and importance of this episode.

    July 23, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  8. Tim

    John McCain looks more like Mr Magoo everyday!!!

    July 23, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  9. Mel

    Was there a sobriety test done. He probably had a liquid lunch.

    July 23, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  10. William, from Cali!

    Just the facts, please!...........Did he hit, someone?.......Did he leave the scene of the crime? Will anything be done about it; that will involve money?

    July 23, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  11. Karen from Missouri

    Will someone explain to me how you hit - even "brush" a pedestrian and not know it?

    July 23, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  12. Ogden

    Having watched as a pedestrian was killed by a car in the lane next to mine, I have sympathy for both Mr. Novak and the person he struck.

    July 23, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  13. AJP Richardson, TX

    Who cares!!

    July 23, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  14. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    Nom Deplume July 23rd, 2008 12:13 pm ET

    Obviously, it is Bush's fault

    LOL Are you sure? I thought it was McCain's fault.

    July 23, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  15. ben

    Glad to hear the hit and run victim is okay. He did realize he'd hit someone and simply failed to stop and render aid. Will he be sighted for this as you or I would have been? No! of course not.

    July 23, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  16. Tom, St. Paul

    Wow! I have an opportunity to comment on a story like this and the whole world can read it! Is this a great country or what?!

    July 23, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  17. Ron

    He should have immediately wrapped the pedestrians head in a turban and proceeded to yell 9-11 terrorist repeatedly, then he would be a hero and not a villain. Didn't he learn anything from the last 8 years? Gee whiz.

    July 23, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  18. tillzen

    If every time we clipped a guy with a car, or shot a friend in the face, we had to stop and render aid, old white guys would never get anything done! We're trying to run an Empire here!

    July 23, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  19. Boom-Boom

    So what's new about this?? Every hit and run perpetrator says "Oh, I didn't know I hit anyone/anything!!" I'm 64 years old and I would certainly know what that sound was. If it were ANYONE else other than a vindictive journalist they would be charged with leaving the scene!

    July 23, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  20. ProudToBeDemocrat

    The old man Mccain is not going to name his V.P this week, all he is doing is palying with the stupid media's head, trying to still the attention obama is getting overseas. He is like the rest of the conservative republicans Crook and twisted mind.

    July 23, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  21. popeye

    If Bob Novak wants to say he didn't know he hit anyone as a defense then his license should be suspended at the very least.
    That is what would happen to you or me!

    July 23, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  22. Digmy

    I don't understand how a slight clipping gets you injured in the shoulder.
    I read on another blog Novak's car was a Vette.
    Vettes are pretty low to the ground.

    July 23, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  23. Bryant, CT

    Careful there, Robert!

    July 23, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  24. DflateMacsStr8TalkXpress: Econ MIA, AWOL on facts, POW from reality

    This scumbag tried to flee the scene after the pedestrian rolled across his windshield! Looks like he done learnt lots from the Bush/ Cheney/Rove administration.

    July 23, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  25. Ace

    Novak, traitor to his country when he published the name of a CIA agent. Now, soon to be convicted fellon for hit and run . Unless bush of course, gives him immunity from prosecution or a pardon in January.

    What a hack!

    July 23, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
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