Bond Lowered to $205,000 in Fatal Hit and Run

Family of teen killed in crash fighting to keep driver behind bars

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    The man charged in a hit and run crash that killed a 13-year-old girl in Southwest Miami-Dade was back in court Tuesday where a judge reduced his bond. NBC 6 spoke with Judge Leon Firtel, father Kirk Camacho and family friend Anata Tobar.

    The man charged in a hit and run crash that killed a 13-year-old girl in Southwest Miami-Dade was back in court Tuesday where a judge reduced his bond.

    Sandor Guillen, 38, had been ordered held on $1 million bond as he faces vehicular homicide, DUI manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident charges in the April 13 crash that killed Kaely Camacho.

    But at a Tuesday morning hearing, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Leon Firtel lowered Guillen's bond to $205,000.

    "In this courtroom, we're going to follow the law, and although you may not agree with my decision, as it may be, that's my sworn duty whether my decision is a popular one or not, " Firtel said.

    Teen Killed in Hit and Run in Miami-Dade

    [MI] Teen Killed in Hit and Run in Miami-Dade
    Miami-Dade Police said a Chrysler minivan was traveling eastbound on Southwest 184th Street near S. Dixie Highway when it was struck just after 5 a.m. by a Range Rover Sport going at a high rate of speed in an illegal southbound direction on the busway. The Range Rover's driver, 38-year-old Sandor Guillen, tried to flee the scene on foot but was caught after a perimeter was established, police said. Police said Kaely Camacho, 13, who was in the minivan with her father, 47-year-old Kirk Camacho, and sister, 16-year-old Breann Camacho, was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where she later died. Service station manager German Pascual rushed to help after he heard the accident. "I imagine that she received the whole impact of the accident, and we helped the father take the girl out," he said. "As soon as they told me that she died, it hurt me because I pulled her out," Pascual said, his voice breaking.

    Camacho's family and friends attended the hearing, where they were hoping to keep Guillen behind bars.

    "We're crossing our fingers," father Kirk Camacho said, as he made his way into court Tuesday. He didn't comment after the hearing.

    In court last week, representatives of the Camacho family said Guillen was a flight risk.

    "Right now, this guy, we have his bail bond set at one million dollars, which is a state record in Florida. But now he's trying to lower it. That can't happen, look at what he did, my sister is gone 'cause of him," sister Bree Ann Camacho said in a video posted on her Facebook page.

    If Guillen posts bond, he'll be under house arrest and not allowed to drive or drink alcoholic beverages, and he'll have to surrender his passport.

    On Tuesday the judge asked for his family members, who are Nicaraguan natives, to surrender their passports, which they did.

    Camacho was riding in her family's minivan with her father and sister on Southwest 184th Street near South Dixie Highway when their car was struck by a Range Rover Sport being driven by Guillen, police said.

    According to a Miami-Dade Police arrest affidavit, Guillen's car was traveling 100 mph in a 40 mph zone when he struck the Camacho's minivan. he was driving in a Miami-Dade Transit bus way, police said.

    The crash was so severe it ripped the minivan in half, police said. Guillen's car struck a tree and spun five times before it came to a rest 373 feet away from the crash scene, the affidavit said.

    Guillen fled the scene on foot but was quickly caught on Southwest 184th Street near 102nd Place, the affidavit said. His breath smelled of alcohol and officers took a blood sample to measure his blood alcohol content, the report said.

    Camacho was rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center where she later died. Father Kirk Camacho, 47, and sister Bree Ann, 16, were also hospitalized and later released.

    The Southwood Middle School eighth-grader was laid to rest last week in Kendall, at a funeral attended by 2,300 people.

    Bree Ann Camacho posted a petition on Change.org asking that Guillen's bond not be lowered. It has gathered more than 7,400 signatures but was unsuccessful in its aim.

    Family friend Anata Tobar was dismayed by the reduction in Guillen's bond on Tuesday.

    "Justice has to be served. I still have hope that it will be done," she said.