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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

A resident psychiatrist at UF’s College of Medicine was arrested early Sunday morning for driving drunk and failing to stop after hitting a pedestrian near Ben and Jerry’s on University Avenue.

Marcus Anderson, 28, drove onto the sidewalk and hit 27-year-old law student Clay Hodges as he was leaving 101 Cantina, according to a police report.

Hodges said the vehicle hit his elbow and the side mirror smashed into his ribs.

After hitting Hodges, Anderson hit a stop sign, put his car in reverse and tried to drive away, according to the report.

Cameron Pettit, who watched the scene from his doorman post at 101 Cantina, said if the accident had happened five minutes earlier, 10 people waiting in a line to enter the bar would have been hit.

After being hit, Hodges said he was sore, but paramedics said nothing was broken.

“I was lucky,” Hodges said.

Phone calls to Anderson were not returned Sunday. He was released without bail.

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