South Florida

Woman Charged in Crash That Injured Principal Staying on House Arrest

A woman accused of driving her SUV onto a baseball field and critically injuring a South Florida principal will remain on house arrest, a judge ruled Thursday.

Marilyn Aguilera was arrested Tuesday in the April 26 crash that injured South Dade Senior High School principal Javier Perez. The 51-year-old is accused of driving drunk and crashing onto a Tamiami park little league field, seriously injuring Perez. Two others were also hurt.

Aguilera didn't attend Thursday's hearing, where she was ordered to stay on house arrest with a GPS monitor. She'll be allowed to go to church and court but little else.

Aguilera's attorney, Richard Gregg, said the terms are too harsh.

"We believe it's a bit excessive, she has no record whatsoever, but of course we are going to follow the judge's orders," he said.

Gregg said Aguilera is too distressed to work, but that she would be allowed to under the house arrest terms.

Sally Matson, with Mothers Against Drunk Driving, also attended Thursday's hearing.

"She is a serious threat to the community," Matson said. "I'm sorry that she feels so badly, how could you not?"

Meanwhile, a blood drive was being held Thursday in honor of Perez. The drive was from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Southwest Miami High School, 8855 Southwest 50th Terrace.

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