July 23rd, 2008
12:05 PM ET
15 years ago

Novak hits pedestrian with car

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/23/art.novakacc.jpg caption="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. Bob SC

    You guys need to check your facts. Valerie Plame was not a covert agent and she was (outed) by her HUSBAND! This is a free country and everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but NOT THEIR OWN FACTS! Honestly you folks need to stop drinking the Kool Aid and pay attention...there will be a test later. PS facts can be found in your very own Kool Aid journal NY Times check it out.

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

    Time to get him off the road... and the air!!

    July 23, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  3. keith proctor

    this is news worthy and robert novak is still relevant why?

    July 23, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  4. Craig Nazor

    Some pretty funny comments here! But don't worry about Novak, Bush will have him and his gas-guzzling Corvette off our streets and using public transportation in no time as even he will not be able to afford gas.

    July 23, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  5. Peter (CA)

    I know he hates the common man but what is he going to do...take out one of us at a time?

    July 23, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  6. Will

    Glad the pedestrian is ok. But how does someone hit someone with their car and not realize it? Was he looking where he was driving?

    July 23, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  7. kim hussein taylor portland, oregon

    "Driving too far to the right again, Bob?"

    LOL, good one Phil Newton Murphy

    July 23, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  8. joe r

    The pedestrian who was struck was 66 years old. Any truth to the rumor that Darth Cheney was riding shotgun & dicky thought the man was Harry Whittington? Hoping to finish the job he started on the infamous hunting trip he told Bobby to "Floor it!"

    July 23, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  9. rw

    Why is this NEWS?

    July 23, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  10. A nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    I feel sorry for Novak, but I don't trust him as he said he didn't remember hitting anyone. Seems almost like the Messiah Obama talking about the lack of progress in the SURGE.

    For Obama's edification, the surge is working and has worked and will work. Who does he think he is, parading on the world stage like someone who knows what is happening.

    I am shocked that the PRESS even acknowledges his diatribes.

    Give me a man with experience and sound judgment like John McCain. Obama is wrong on experience and wrong on judgement. He is strong on blowing with no substance. obama should listen more and pontificate less. What a blowhard.

    Le Chat qui fume

    July 23, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  11. A.C

    Wow..... With all the corruption this guys been through.... Karma works in crazy ways.

    July 23, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
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