Visiting Athlete Seriously Injured in Monticello Hit and Run

MONTICELLO, AR (Ben Caxton) — A Saturday night hit and run in Monticello has left a visiting athlete in serious condition in a Little Rock hospital. 20-year-old Joseph Cerda of San Antonio Texas was crossing U.S. 425 just after 8:00 PM with a group of players from the Southeast Oklahoma University baseball team walking to a local restaurant when he was struck by a dark-colored car headed northbound on the highway. Teammates told Arkansas State Troopers they saw Cerda attempt to jump away from the path of the car but was struck. The driver of the car did not stop. Cerda was first taken to a local Monticello hospital and later airlifted to be treated in Little Rock. The Oklahoma team was in town for a game at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.



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