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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soundoff (236 Responses)
  1. Don Russell

    Was it Valerie Plame's husband?

    July 23, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  2. David from Ohio

    I almost got clipped once when I went to school in D.C. I hope the guys O.K. I don't like Novak's political views but he certainly didn't mean to hit someone. I'm really not sure why this on the political ticker just because it's Novak.

    July 23, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  3. texas DEM

    is this guy related to laura bush?

    July 23, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  4. Lorna, NY

    There should be an age where a person have to retake the road test and the eye test.

    July 23, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  5. Cyrus - NY

    Old man should give up his license.

    July 23, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  6. ANA G. LOS ANGELES. CA

    lol How could he not know

    July 23, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  7. Phil Newton Murphy, Oregon

    Driving too far to the right again, Bob?

    July 23, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  8. seldon

    easy, folks.

    the pedestrian did look a little like joe wilson, after all...

    July 23, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  9. Ogden

    Ken Pittsburgh writes: "can you spell L-A-W- S-U-I-T-E"

    Evidently not.

    July 23, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  10. Cindy

    Poor Bob... he's having such a bad week. Glad to hear the pedestrian will be ok.

    July 23, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  11. HavingFun

    Driving test for anyone over age 60 once every 2 years, over age 70 once every year

    July 23, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  12. kim hussein taylor portland, oregon

    that's what happens when you're concentrating too hard on trying to keep all your lies and betrayals straight and not on your driving!

    karma is a you-know-what, Roberto!

    July 23, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  13. Justin in CA

    I think he is trying to send a message. Watch Out!!!!!

    July 23, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  14. RPP

    Can a person claim 'I did not know that I hit someone' and leave the scene and its OK?

    July 23, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  15. Bill, Alabama

    Bob Novak should not be driving. Dick Cheney should not be hunting. James Dobson should not be an ordained minister. And George Bush should not be president of this country.

    July 23, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  16. Love Lawyers

    On cell phone???? Can you say lawsuit .

    July 23, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  17. Jer

    This guy should have his license revoked. He is obviously too old to drive. Time for cops to pay more attention to drivers who think they own the road. Pedestrians and cyclists should be applauded for saving gas and not used for target practice.

    July 23, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  18. Mr Buttafuko

    Put this old man in a nursing home where he belongs!

    July 23, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  19. Matt

    Ever try being a pedestrian in DC? It's a minor miracle I'm still alive–I have close calls on a daily basis!

    July 23, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  20. Heide-Auburn

    Hopefully Novak's backpocket will get hit next.

    July 23, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  21. Sandy

    SOME OLD PEOPLE JUST DON'T KNOW WHEN TO GIVE UP DRIVING.

    July 23, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  22. My Dog Ate The Nightingale That Used To Sing in Berkley Square

    Funniest story of the year (providing the poor pedestrian is OK)

    July 23, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  23. The Guy

    maybe he thought the pedestrian was a CIA agent.

    Ken Pittsburgh, I can, you can't.

    July 23, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  24. RPP

    How Can a person claim 'I did not know that I hit someone' and leave the scene and its OK by law?

    July 23, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  25. aguy

    I really enjoy all who say "this is not news" and are posting here anyway.

    If you read other accounts, the pedestrian rolled off the hood. How could the prince of darkness not see that?

    July 23, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
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