Memorial Walk for Girl Killed in Hit and Run

Family, friends and students to walk for Kaely Camacho

By Brian Hamacher and Betty Yu
|  Wednesday, May 23, 2012  |  Updated 1:54 PM EDT
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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.

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.

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Family, friends and classmates of a teen girl killed in a hit and run crash took part in a memorial walk Wednesday at her Palmetto Bay school.

Southwood Middle School held the Walk for Kaely Camacho, the 13-year-old girl who was killed in the April 13 crash in southwest Miami-Dade.

The event was hosted by the Southwood PTSA and Miami-Dade Mothers Against Drunk Driving, with funds raised going to MADD.

Participants walked a mile around the school, while Camacho's family walked with her 8th grade class and later planted a tree in her memory.

"I have five other kids and a strong family, fantastic friends and the public that we want to take care of as much as possible," father Kirk Camacho said. "That's who we live for and to live on for her memory as well."

Kaely Camacho was killed when a Land Rover, driven by 38-year-old Sandor Guillen, struck her father's minivan, ripping it in half on Southwest 184th Street, police said.

Kirk Camacho and Kaely's sister, Bree Ann, were hospitalized and later released.

Guillen fled the scene on foot but was quickly caught, police said. A toxicology report released earlier this month showed Guillen had a blood alcohol level of .266 in a test done a little more than a half hour after the crash.

Guillen has pleaded not guilty to charges including vehicular homicide, DUI manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident.

More than 1,000 people participated in the walk, which raised thousands of dollars for MADD's mission to end drunk driving and reduce underage drinking.

"It's going to help teach these kids from a young age what not to do, to avoid these tragedies," Kirk Camacho said. "It's heartbreaking, but warming and comforting at the same time."

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