Washington, DC, has always been dangerous to pedestrians – but usually it’s not the country’s Senators driving. However, on June 11, a number of sources reported that Republican Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah grazed a pedestrian in a crosswalk while driving in the capital this week.
According to multiple sources, the 75-year-old senator clipped a woman walking in a designated crosswalk during a thunderstorm in Washington on Tuesday night. The woman was not injured in the pedestrian accident, although the car did hit the woman according to several witnesses to the event.
“I was mortified. I didn’t see her at all. I said, ‘I didn’t see you. I’m so sorry,'” Hatch told the Washington Post. “She seemed OK. I felt really badly about it.”
Hatch said that he called the police to report the near-accident, but the police could not find an incident report in connection with the pedestrian accident.