Robert Novak, Who Hates Jaywalkers, Gets Ticket After Hitting Pedestrian — and Leaving Scene

By: Joe Strupp

Syndicated columnist Robert Novak reportedly hit a pedestrian with his car and ended up being cited by police for the incident Wednesday morning, according to Politico.

“A Politico reporter saw Novak in the front of a police car with a citation in his hand; a WJLA-TV crew and reporter saw Novak as well,” the Web site reported. “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,? Novak told reporters as he was returning to his car, Politico reported. “He’s not dead, that’s the main thing.”

Novak told Politico he was a block away from 18th and K streets Northwest, where the accident occurred, when a bicyclist stopped him and said, “You hit someone.”

Politico later recalled that in a 2001 interview with the Washington Post, Novak said, ?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.?

The entire report is at:

http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=507DD6A1
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Meanwhile, TMZ talked to Novak and filed this:

“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!'”

“Novak says the cops came, put him ‘briefly’ in the back of the police car and asked about what he heard at the time of impact. Novak told them and us that he didn’t hear or feel anything. They asked if he had been drinking or on a cellphone. He answered ‘no’ to both.

“Novak, who was citied for failing to yield, says he won’t fight the ticket, adding, ‘I assume witnesses are telling the truth.'”

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