Jogger injured by car


A jogger was struck by a car early Tuesday, and was medevaced to Washington Hospital Center where he was held overnight and treated for injuries before being released.

At approximately 8 a.m., on July 10, Robert Melvin, 20, was jogging in the area of Slaters Lane and the Monroe Avenue Bridge, finishing an 8-mile run before the temperatures rose that day. While crossing one of the streets, he ran into a moving car, said Alexandria Police Department spokesperson Lt. James Bartlett.

Melvin received two fractured ribs, a partially collapsed lung and various cuts and bruises, but was released from the hospital less than 48 hours later. Melvin was crossing improperly, said Bartlett, and charges against him are pending.

Melvin is a cross country runner in his sophomore year at Hampden Sydney College in Virginia. He is staying with his father Brett Melvin in Old Town over the summer. Brett Melvin, owner of Just Fresh Restaurant in Mount Vernon, arrived at the accident scene shortly after it happened. He was thankful the injuries were not more serious, calling it an absolute miracle.