Driver in Hit and Run Crash That Killed Teen Held on $1 Million Bond

Man was driving 100 mph in crash that killed 13-year-old Kaely Camacho: Police

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    Kaely Camacho was laid to rest Wednesday afternoon in Kendall, five days after the 13-year-old was killed in a hit and run crash in southwest Miami-Dade. At least 250 people attended her funeral, remembering a teenager with a wonderful laugh. "I know Kaely deep down inside, if she was here, she wouldn?t want to see me crying, she wouldn?t want to see me upset, she?d want to see me smiling and laughing, because she always made me smile and laugh. That?s just who she was," said close friend Lucy Kealy.

    The man facing vehicular homicide and DUI manslaughter charges in a hit and run crash that killed a 13-year-old girl in Southwest Miami-Dade was ordered held on $1 million bond Wednesday morning.

    Sandor Guillen, 38, is also charged with leaving the scene of an accident causing death and driving with an expired license in the April 13 crash that killed Kaely Camacho.

    She was laid to rest Wednesday afternoon in Kendall. At least 250 people attended her funeral, remembering a teenager with a wonderful laugh.

    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.

    “I know Kaely deep down inside, if she was here, she wouldn’t want to see me crying, she wouldn’t want to see me upset, she’d want to see me smiling and laughing, because she always made me smile and laugh. That’s just who she was,” said close friend Lucy Kealy.

    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.

    Memorial for Girl Killed in Hit and Run Crash

    [MI] Memorial for Girl Killed in Hit and Run Crash
    Hundreds of people from Palmetto Bay turned out Tuesday evening for the viewing for Kaely Camacho, an eighth-grader at Southwood Middle School who was killed in a hit and run crash last Friday.

    "It's a horrible thing and besides the death there have been two families destroyed," Guillen's attorney, Bruce Lehr, said after the bond hearing. "What I would ask everyone to do, the prosecution and the public, is not rush to judgment, because we know how wrong that ends up to be."

    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 in a Miami-Dade Transit bus way, 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.

    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 Breann, 16, were also hospitalized and later released.

    Camacho was an eighth-grader at Southwood Middle School. At a viewing Tuesday night, she was remembered by friends as an outgoing girl with a pretty smile.

    "She was very nice and sweet and she was just very funny," friend Deandre Leatherbury said. "When you were in a room with her, it was just full of happiness and joy, there was just no way to be sad."