MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The wife of a high school principal, who was badly injured in an accident on a baseball field, has thanked the community for their support – and blood.READ MORE: Officials: Man On American Airlines Flight From Guatemala Hitched Ride To Miami Inside Plane's Landing Gear
Over the weekend a number of blood drives were held in the name of Javier Perez, the principal of South Dade Senior High who was struck by a woman driving an SUV while he helped coach his son’s team at a Tamiami ball park.READ MORE: Assisted Living Facility In Lauderhill May Lose License After Woman Dies
“I would like to thank everyone who participated in the blood drives in honor of Javi. The community came out in full force and the outpour (sic) of support was humbling. I am happy to announce that a total of 195 pints were collected at South Dade Senior High School, Ronald Reagan Senior High School, and the 2 drives at Kendall Regional Medical Center,” said Perez’s wife Maytee in a statement.
The woman behind the wheel of the SUV that hit Perez, 51-year old Marilyn Aguilera, has so far not been charged. Police have said she may have speeding while under the influence of drugs, or alcohol, when she lost control and crashed through the fence at the park.MORE NEWS: Boca Raton Man Faces Charges In Fatal Crash That Killed Homestead Mom, Daughter On Thanksgiving Eve
Perez was rushed to Kendall Regional Medical Center where doctors were forced to amputate his legs. He remains hospitalized in serious condition.