So. FL principal struck by SUV on baseball field

Posted at 8:32 AM, Apr 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-27 09:10:20-04

The principal of a high school in Miami-Dade County is out of surgery and stable after being struck by an sport-utility vehicle that drove onto a baseball field Tuesday night.

Officials at South Dade Senior High School tweeted Wednesday morning that principal Javier Perez was "out of surgery and stable." They asked for continued prayers for his recovery.

Miami-Dade Schools superintendent Alberto Carvalho also took to Twitter to offer well-wishes for Perez.

Counselors will be on campus Wednesday to help staff and students cope with the tragedy.

Perez was rushed to Kendall Regional Hospital in critical condition after he was struck by the car at Tamiami Park in the 11200 block of Southwest 24th St.

He was reportedly coaching one of the teams when the SUV went through a fence and onto the field, hitting him before crashing into a light pole. Witnesses said Perez was pinned under the car.

A woman was also hit by the SUV but suffered minor injuries.

It's unknown what caused the car to drive on the ballfield. The driver of the car stayed at the scene and was being questioned by police.

The driver of the SUV has not been identified by police.

Courtesy of our news partners at NBC Miami