Jim Treacher at The Daily Caller:
Sometime between 7 and 7:30, not long after I got home from work, I walked to the CVS on 22nd and M to get some bread, milk, and a SmartTrip card. I was right across the street from the CVS, and I waited for the crosswalk light to tell me to go before I crossed. I had plenty of time left, according to the countdown clock. I was more than halfway there when a black SUV made an illegal left turn and hit me head-on. I absolutely had the right of way. I yelled something like, “Are you really doing this?” as it hit me before I could move. I landed on my face on the street and smashed my glasses and scraped my hand and immediately I knew something was wrong with my left knee. I lay there screaming and cursing for I don’t know how long, and a crowd of people gathered and told me to hold still. I was sprawled out right next to the yellow line as traffic went by. I gave one guy standing over me the number to the Daily Caller offices and he told them what happened. There’s a firehouse right across the street, so the paramedics were there in just a couple of minutes. They took me to Georgetown Hospital, where I was soon joined by my friends and co-workers Moira Bagley, Tucker Carlson, Neil Patel, and Laura Baños. All of whom I love. Unironically. I was x-rayed and CAT-scanned and given pain medication and told that my knee was broken. I almost passed out twice from the pain. They immobilized it, but if I tried to move it and didn’t get it exactly right, my whole leg tried to close up like a fist and I couldn’t get away from the pain. I’m typing this on Neil’s laptop on my chest on his fold-out bed in his basement and trying to move as little as possible. Now that I’ve written this out, maybe I can sleep. Sorry for the sloppiness, but I just wanted to get it out while it’s fresh in my mind.
One last thing: I’m told by multiple people that the SUV that hit me was Secret Service. If this is true, I want to know why that happened. I was crossing legally, and they just left me there. At the very least, I want an apology. What happened to me was wrong.
The Daily Caller has been told by federal law enforcement sources that the Secret Service was not involved, and is working to confirm that driver of the vehicle which struck Jim Treacher was a State Department security employee.
Treach, in joining the ranks of invalid bloggers, has a better story than mine. I just wrenched an old back injury while projectile vomiting, got hospitalized, out of work temporarily and now limited to light, therapeutic blogging on industrial strength muscle relaxants. My doc went mysteriously AWOL on this morning’s appointment, causing alarmed cancellations to a roomful of patients. What’s going on? Dunno, but if Treacher’s doing it, then it looks like hobbling, drugged-out lame blogging is the next big “in” thing. He’s set a pretty high bar with a “Men in Black” hit, though.No hurtful “invalid” or “lame” blogging puns, please. And best to Treacher. A knee break can be very bad. Meanwhile, it’s me and Treach, lame-blogging the Apocalypse.
Any hit and run is illegal, and serious injury moves it up to a felony in most jurisdictions. The police will have to investigate to see who owned the vehicle, and Jim may get his apology — and the driver a big legal bill and possibly some jail time. Hopefully, we’ll get a better picture of who hit Jim and why in the very near future.
In the meantime, our prayers for a speedy recovery go out to Jim.
Update: I misread Jim’s post the first time through; he’s no longer in the hospital. However, the police added insult to injury by issuing Jim a citation for jaywalking, which Tucker Carlson tells me is “completely false and made up.” Tucker also talked to the driver today, who refused to discuss his employer. Keep an eye on the Daily Caller — this story has gotten stranger and may get stranger still.
Greg Pollowitz at NRO:
My knee’s broken. I’m staying at my boss Neil’s house. I want to know why the Secret Service hit me, crossing w/ the Walk sign, & drove off.
They didn’t have lights or sirens or anything. They turned right into me, crossing legally, and left me in the street screaming in pain.
I know the Secret Service hit me because the cops said so. Oh, and so did the Secret Service. No apology, though. Yet.
My personal theory is that this was orchestrated by the Chinese government as revenge for Treacher’s recent jihad against the noble and cuddly panda, but that’s just me.
Best wishes and prayers for Jim, of course. He’s both a good guy and a valuable member of the VRWC, and if does turn out to be the Secret Service and they stonewall… then I encourage Tucker Carlson to go all Breitbart on them.
UPDATE: Tucker Carlson and Jon Ward at Daily Caller
Matt Welch at Reason