A Star City woman has been arrested in connection with the Saturday night hit-and-run at Monticello where a Southeast Oklahoma University baseball player was critically injured, according to an Arkansas State Police news release.
Katley Amanda Johnson, 24, of Star City, is charged with leaving the scene of an accident with injury or death (a Class D felony), tampering with physical evidence (a Class D felony) and obstructing governmental operations (a Class C misdemeanor), according to State Police.
Johnson was booked into the Drew County Detention Center at about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. Her bond was set at $20,000.
Joseph D. Cerda, Jr., 21 (initially reported to State Police as age 20), was seriously injured at approximately 8:10 p.m. Saturday, March 16 when he was allegedly struck by a vehicle driven by Johnson that was traveling north along U.S. Highway 425.
Cerda was among a group of his teammates from Southeast Oklahoma University who were crossing the highway on foot to get to a local restaurant. The Oklahoma baseball team had been playing a game at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.
Cerda’s teammates told 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 transported to a Monticello hospital and later airlifted to a Little Rock hospital.
The State Police investigation is continuing.