Conservative commentator Robert Novak was cited for hitting a pedestrian with his car and driving off this morning and despite witness accounts that report that the victim “splayed into the windshield”, Novak claimed that he had no idea that he had hit someone.
“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.
And while it appears this victim was crossing with the walk signal and was within the crosswalk, hence not jaywalking, this incident almost makes Novak prophetic based on comments he made a few years ago about jaywalkers.
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.” (emphasis mine)
I guess he isn’t as compassionate as he used to be or maybe he was just blinded by anger for unknowingly being used as a tool for the McCain campaign.