UF's McCoy hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries

By Graham Hall Correspondent
Friday, April 14, 2017 10:02 PM

Florida football player T.J. McCoy was the victim of a hit-and-run by an alleged drunk driver early Friday morning, according to a Gainesville Police Department arrest report.

At around 3 a.m. Friday, McCoy and a passenger were on a scooter traveling west on West University Avenue when they were struck and thrown from the vehicle by a blue 2011 Honda Civic.

McCoy and the passenger were taken to UF Health Shands under trauma alert but were found to have non-life-threatening injuries, according to the report.

“Minor setback for a major comeback,” McCoy posted on his Twitter account.

Samantha Lynn Meldrem, 22, of 2220 SW 34th St., was arrested around the 100 block of NW 20th Drive after fleeing the scene of the crash. Her vehicle had a broken windshield and noticeable damage to the hood and front bumper, according to the report.

Meldrem told GPD officers she had consumed alcohol about two hours prior to the crash at Salty Dog, located at 1712 W University Ave. Police reported she failed all five parts of the field sobriety test, and had a measured blood-alcohol level of 0.19. Meldrem was charged with two counts of driving under the influence with damage to a person or property. She was held in the Alachua County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bond.

After transferring from N.C. State, McCoy took a redshirt in 2015. He appeared in seven games for Florida in 2016 and became the starting center later in the season.




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