AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – Aquinas head football coach James Leonard and his wife Katie are home from the hospital and continue to recover from a car crash last weekend, according to an update provided to WJBF by Aquinas High School Principal Maureen Lewis.
“Both James and Katie were released from the hospital (Tuesday),” Lewis wrote. “They are thrilled to be back home with (their son) Hudson! Right now they’re trying to figure out the best way for Katie to get some sleep with 6 broken ribs! James is feeling better each day and determined to be back for spring football practices. Everyone is so appreciative of all the prayers and well-wishes.”
The two were injured in a crash Saturday night at the intersection of Wrightsboro Road and Troupe Street. The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office says Raymond Allen, 50, of Elberton, was leading police on a chase when he ran a red light and crashed into the Leonards’ vehicle.
Hudson Leonard was not hurt. Allen died at the scene.
On Monday, the school provided its first update on the Leonards’ condition on its Facebook page.
“Please keep praying for our football coach, James Leonard, his wife Katie, and their son, Hudson, after they were involved in a terrible car wreck this weekend. Thankfully, Hudson was unharmed. James and Katie are still in the hospital recovering. Coach says they are still feeling rough, but are getting better each day, and have even gotten to get out of bed and walk a little and go see each other. They appreciate all the calls, texts, and visits. Hudson can’t wait for his Mommy and Daddy to get home! We are so thankful they are all going to be okay!”
Leonard is entering his tenth season as head coach at Aquinas. He led the Irish to the Class-A Private state championship in 2013 and four region championships. His family has been involved in Aquinas athletics for decades.