A Southeast Oklahoma University baseball player was seriously injured Saturday night at Monticello when he was struck by a dark colored car traveling north on U.S. 425.
Joseph D. Cerda, Jr., 20, of San Antonio, Texas, was among a group of his teammates from Southeast Oklahoma University who at approximately 8:10 p.m. were crossing the highway on foot to get to a local restaurant.
Cerda’s 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.
The Oklahoma baseball team had been participating in a game at the University of Arkansas – Monticello.
Cerda was transported to a Monticello hospital and later airlifted to be treated at a Little Rock hospital.
Anyone with information or a better description of the car or any information that may help law enforcement identify the driver is asked to call the Arkansas State Police at (870) 226-3713, or the Monticello Police Department at (870) 367-3411.