Politico reports that conservative pundit Robert Novak “was cited by police after he hit a pedestrian with his black Corvette in downtown Washington,D.C., Wednesday morning.” Novak initially “drove away from the scene,” but turned around when “a bicyclist stopped him and said, ‘You hit someone.’” Novak claimed: “I didn’t know I hit anybody.” But Washington DC’s local ABC affiliate interviewed the bicyclist who saw the incident. WJLA’s Suzanne Kennedy reported live from the scene:
I just spoke with the bicyclist about three minutes ago. He tells me that the pedestrian was actually splayed across the front of Novak’s convertible, and that there would be absolutely no way Novak would have not known that he had hit someone.
BREAKING NEWS out of Washington DC
Prominent Washington commentator Robert Novak was cited with failure to yield to a pedestrian Wednesday morning after striking a pedestrian with his Corvette, Novak confirmed to ABC 7 News.
The collision happened about 10:07 a.m. at 18th and K streets NW.
Novak spoke to ABC 7 News at the scene. Novak said he did not know he had struck anyone. Novak told ABC 7's Suzanne Kennedy that he was stopped by a bicyclist who informed Novak he had hit a pedestrian.
Metropolitan Police Department (web|news) officers detained Novak at the scene for about an hour. He was not arrested
D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Alan Etter said the pedestrian complained of pain in his arm was taken to George Washington University Hospital with minor injuries.
UPDATE: Think Progress: And finally:
“Robert Novak is a prince, all right, and every member of royalty needs a chariot befitting his title. That must be why the right-leaning columnist and author of ‘Prince of Darkness’ was spotted pulling up to the Capitol on Friday in his sleek (and slightly menacing-looking) black Corvette convertible.”--WS