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.
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.