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South Dade High principal hit by SUV undergoes surgery

Javier Perez
Javier Perez

South Dade High School assistant principal J.C. De Armas informed students and faculty early Wednesday via school website post that Principal Javier Perez left surgery in critical, but stable condition after he was hit by an SUV at Tamiami Park Tuesday evening.

Perez had been transported to Kendall Regional in critical condition after the collision. Perez’s condition is serious enough that the school made grief counselors available for students and staff. A gofundme page already has been set up for Perez, who has a wife and two children. He reportedly was coaching one of his son’s baseball team when hit.

Metro-Dade Police investigating the accident identified the driver as Marilyn Aguilera, a 51-year-old South Dade resident.

Police say Aguilera and her GMC Envoy were rolling north on Southwest 117th Avenue, just passing the entrance to the Tamiami Park batting cages around the 2300 block, when she lost control of the SUV. The car proceeded to take out a chain link fence and then Perez.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal