He was only Vette-ing the pedestrian!

From Politico:

Syndicated columnist Robert D. Novak was cited by police after he hit a pedestrian with his black Corvette in downtown Washington, D.C., on Wednesday morning.

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The pedestrian, a 66-year-old man who was not further identified by authorities, was treated at George Washington University Hospital for minor injuries, according to D.C. Fire and EMS. Novak was later released by police and drove away from the scene.

“I didn’t know I hit him. … I feel terrible,” a shaken Novak told reporters from Politico and WJLA as he was returning to his car. “He’s not dead, that’s the main thing.” Novak said he was a block away from 18th and K streets Northwest, where the accident occurred, when a bicyclist stopped him and said he had hit someone. He said he was cited for failing to yield the right of way.

The bicyclist was David Bono, a partner at Harkins Cunningham, who was on his usual bike commute to work at 1700 K St. N.W. when he witnessed the accident.

As he traveled east on K Street, crossing 18th, Bono said “a black Corvette convertible with top closed plows into the guy. The guy is sort of splayed into the windshield.”

Bono said that the pedestrian, who was crossing the street on a “Walk” signal and was in the crosswalk, rolled off the windshield and that Novak then made a right into the service lane of K Street.


He said he chased Novak half a block down K Street, finally caught up with him and then put his bike in front of the car to block it and called 911.


Bono said that throughout, Novak “keeps trying to get away. He keeps trying to go.”


Novak, 77, has earned a reputation around the capital as an aggressive driver, easily identified in his convertible sports car.

In 2001, he cursed at a pedestrian on the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and 13th streets Northwest for allegedly jaywalking.

“’Learn to read the signs, [bodily orifice]!’ Novak snapped before speeding away,” according to an item in The Washington Post’s Reliable Source column.

Novak explained to the paper: “He was crossing on the red light. I really hate jaywalkers. I despise them. Since I don’t run the country, all I can do is yell at ’em. The other option is to run ’em over, but as a compassionate conservative, I would never do that.”

Guess it’s just not the Evil One’s week. From Top of the Ticket at the Los Angeles Times:

After touching off hot speculation that John McCain was going to rain on Barack Obama’s parade of favorable news coverage by disclosing his VP choice this week, conservative columnist Robert Novak now says he may have gotten snookered.

“I got a suggestion from a very senior McCain aide late yesterday afternoon that he was going to announce it this week,” Novak told Fox News Tuesday. “They didn’t want it to come out the way it was going to come out, and they suggested I put it out.

“I then called another senior person who said, ‘I can’t talk about that, but wouldn’t this be a terrific week to announce it, that is with Obama getting the headlines?’ So I just put something on the Internet.”

“I’ve since have been told by certain people that this was a dodge, they were trying to get a little publicity to rain on Obama’s campaign,” Novak told Fox. “That’s pretty reprehensible if it’s true, but we’ll find out in a few days.”

And if anyone should recognize reprehensible behavior when he sees it, it’s Bob Novak. Just ask Valerie Plame.


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17 responses to “He was only Vette-ing the pedestrian!

  1. jlms qkw - jenn

    novacula strikes again.

    so why is it he doesn’t have a ‘leaving the scene’ charge? and is bono going to pro bono rep that poor pedestrian? i see he has trial lawyer skills.

  2. jenn,
    what about reckless driving? failure to use due care? i’ll bet he was speeding, too. it burns my ass that he is getting away with a 50 buck fine! 👿 that’s nothing to him. anyone else would have been thrown in jail immediately.
    i hope bono is a pro bono witness for the victim at a trial that will embarrass novacula even more. then again, i don’t think he has the capability of feeling any shame whatsoever. i heard him on the radio today when reporters were asking him questions after the accident, and he managed to laugh while he felt so “terrible”. may he rot in hell.

  3. jlms qkw - jenn

    novakula is the man who outed v.plame and endangered dozens/hundreds of her associates around the world?

    why should he care about a homeless ped? undoubtedly he was more shaken by the guts of the biker for stopping him. and maybe by learning that the biker was a trial lawyer with some kind of conscience?

  4. he was shaken, because he was caught. he thought he got away with hit. how do you hit someone and not realize it, especially when the guy was splayed across your windshield? novacula should be charged with lying to the cops, too!

  5. nightowl724

    He said “I didn’t know I hit him???” He rolled off the windshield. for Pete’s sake!!! Check out his excuse at:


    Novak tells us he was listening to NPR in his Corvette when suddenly, “Some guy came up and hit my car with his fist. I figured I had done something that had created road rage, but I didn’t know what it was. Then a bicyclist blocked the road in front of me. I asked what the problem was. He said, ‘You can’t just hit people and run away!'”

    How apropos that it happened at a korner of K Street…

  6. nightowl,
    it pays to have friends in high places. how much you wanna bet the cops would not even have given him a ticket for the bull$hit charge of failure to yield if the witness was a janitor instead of an attorney?

  7. nightowl724

    So true, so true.

    BTW – fantastic title!

  8. Alfie

    Chevy Corvette the heartbeat of America.
    See NO GOOD comes from listening to NPR.

  9. hi alfie! 😀
    well, between the car and novacula, one of them had to have a heart, i suppose! 😉

  10. Nonnie,

    For now, at least, Novak hasn’t gotten away with anything. The officer’s decision to issue a ticket for failing to yield the right of way is not the final charging decision. Witness descriptions from the various articles and television reports paint a pretty clear picture that Novak was leaving the scene of an accident with bodily injury (a crime, likely a felony) although he received only a ticket for failing to yield the right of way (a mere civil infraction). Based on the reports and eyewitness descriptions I’ve seen, there is more than enough evidence to warrant a thorough investigation of this incident. It’ll be interesting to see if the prosecutor properly investigates the charges that potentially stem from this incident.

    The blog, Bad Prosecutors is looking for nominees
    for the 10 Worst U.S. Prosecutors for 2008. Whether this prosecutor should be a nominee will depend on both the extent and legitimacy of the prosecutor’s investigation (there a lot of witness interviews that need to be taken and considered) as well as the final charging decision that is eventually made.

  11. the fact this man is even allowed to have a license is scary enough………

  12. dcAp!!! 😀
    welcome back to the raisin, world traveler! you were missed!

  13. em,
    once again, you were banished by the spam filter. 😦 i was not ignoring you.
    thank you for being the voice of reason. i despise novacula so much that i wanted him to be slapped with the most serious charges possible immediately. i know that things seldom work that way.
    it is one of my pet peeves that people get fined for the same amounts, no matter how much money they have. a 50 buck fine is nothing for someone like novacula, but would be devastating to someone living from hand to mouth. the system almost gives rich people permission to break the laws. i think that the fines should be punitive, but should be on a sliding scale. otherwise, they are disproportionately punitive to a poor person and a mere inconvenience to the rich.

  14. jeb

    Further investigation shows that the pedestrian was wearing an Obama button

    I just can’t think of any place hot enough to send this scumbag. He really is a soul less piece o’ crap.

  15. jeb

    BTW, that previous comment about the Obama button was snark. Thought I denoted that in my comment but I guess I didn’t.

  16. gee, jeb, you snarking? who would’a guessed?

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