South Dade High principal honored at golf tournament

SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - A South Florida high school principal who’s staying strong after a crippling accident was honored at a local golf tournament, Saturday.

The fourth annual TRGS Foundation Golf Tournament, held at the Palmetto Golf Club in Southwest Miami-Dade, was dedicated to South Dade High School Principal Javier Perez.

Perez, 43, was struck by an out-of-control driver while watching a little league game at Tamiami Park, April 26. Investigators said the woman behind the wheel of the SUV, identified as 51-year-old Marilyn Aguilera, was driving while inebriated.

Doctors had to amputate both of Perez’s legs.

The foundation responsible for the gold tournament was established to honor Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Robert Smith, who was killed by a drunk driver in 1997. Some of the proceeds from the event will go toward Perez’s ongoing medical expenses.

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