In 2001, syndicated columnist Bob Novak almost hit a jaywalker, called him some names and was quoted as saying : "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."
Today he took option two, except the 66 year old man splattered over the windshield Novak's Corvette had the green light. Novak then took off, and might have got away with it.
Except cycle commuter David Bono of Harkins Cunningham thought what every good lawyer should think: "This car is speeding away. What's going through my mind is, you just can't hit a pedestrian and drive away."
According to Politico,
"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.
Finally, Bono said, Novak put his head out the window of his car and motioned him over. Bono said he told him that you can't hit a pedestrian and just drive away. He quoted Novak as responding: "I didn't see him there."
A concierge at 1700 K Street said that she saw a bicyclist yelling and walked outside to see what the commotion was about.
"This guy hit somebody and he won't stop so I'm going to stay here until the police come," Aleta Petty quoted Bono as saying, as he stood in K Street, blocking traffic."
Congratulations to David Bono, who has just developed an entire new customer base of cyclists and pedestrians looking for justice!