Friday, July 25, 2008

Take Novak’s Keys Away

So 77-year-old Robert Novak mows down an elderly homeless man in the street with his black corvette, and is only caught because a witness riding a bicycle made a citizens arrest and called 911:
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. “This car is speeding away. What’s going through my mind is, you just can’t hit a pedestrian and drive away,” Bono said. 

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. Traffic immediately backed up, horns blaring, until commuters behind Novak backed up so he could pull over.

Bono said that throughout, Novak "keeps trying to get away. He keeps trying to go.” He said he vaguely recognized the longtime political reporter and columnist as a news personality but could not precisely place him.

Hit-and-run is pretty serious stuff. People go to jail for that. Not politically connected people, of course. Novak got a $50 ticket. For hitting a pedestrian and leaving the scene of an accident? That’s criminal.

And now the story gets worse. Turns out the guy he hit was an 86-year-old homeless man.

Some folks need to know when to hang up the car keys.