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Community holds benefit for critically injured teen

The community is stepping up to help a 19-year-old learning to walk and talk again.

Ashton Cerka suffered life threatening head trauma when police say he was hit by a car in the Depot District in January.

This Sunday family and friends will hold a benefit to raise money needed to help Ashton in his rehabilitation. The family says the person driving didn't have insurance and the benefit will help the family with medical bills.

Local businesses like Rudy's, United, Rib Crib, and Mrs. Baird's donated food and supplies so that all the money they raise will go to help Ashton.

Plates of food will be sold for $5. Money will also be raised through a silent auction. Featured items include Texas Tech memorabilia signed by players and coaches.

Ashton has been back in Lubbock for almost a month rehabbing at the Transitional Learning Center. It's one of four of its kind in the state.

"He still can't move his left arm or left leg and he has some speech impediment," said his grandfather Edgar Murphy. "He's limited with his words and volume, but he can talk."

Ashton and friends were walking in the Depot District in the early morning hours of January 28th. Police say he was hit by a car going more than 50 miles per hour.

"When you're hit by a car at 53 mph you're going to have some damage," Murphy said.

After spending nearly a month in a coma, he woke up and eventually started his road to recovery in Dallas. Now he's back in the Hub City fighting the odds from the accident that could have taken his life.

"The response has been amazing everybody has heard the story and everybody want to do what they can to help," said family friend Zak Weed.

"He's making progress every day," Murphy said.

Ashton's family says Texas Representative Charles Perry will be there to give Ashton a flag that was flown over the state capitol.

The benefit lasts between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday afternoon at the Double D Barns near Reese Center.

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