High school principal loses both legs in DUI crash
A high school principal is on the road to recovery after undergoing a double leg amputation due to the negligent actions of an alleged drunk driver in an April 26 car crash.
According to police, 51-year-old Marilyn Aguilera’s SUV slammed into a fence and hurtled onto the ball field at Tamiami Park in Miami, Florida. The vehicle struck and injured South Dade Senior High School Principal Javier Perez, who was watching his 5-year-old son play baseball at the park.
Police said Aguilera should not have been behind the wheel in the first place. She was allegedly driving with a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit. The authorities recently released audio of an investigator interviewing witnesses after the accident. In the recording, Aguilera’s son said he tried to prevent his mother from driving on the day of the crash.
The son said he noticed his mother was intoxicated. “I took her keys away,” he said to the investigator. However, the boy could not stop his mother as she started getting angry. “… I didn’t want to fight with her. So I just let her be a big girl and let her take the keys…,” he said.
Witnesses claimed the woman driving the car smelled of alcohol. Photographic evidence of the crash scene showed an empty beer can on the SUV floor. However, police said Aguilera drank a lot more than the 16-ounce can. She is awaiting trial for DUI causing serious bodily injury.
One witness told police she was driving right behind Aguilera. The woman said in the police interview, “She was going extremely fast and lost control. She hit the median and went straight into the baseball field.” Another witness told the investigator, “As it [the SUV] bounced off the center median, it spun around approximately two or three times.”
If you were injured in a motor vehicle accident due to the negligence of another driver, call the personal injury attorneys at Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers.