Family Mourns Man Struck and Killed in Coral Gables

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    A family is mourning the loss of a loved one after he was hit and killed while crossing a street in Coral Gables on Father's Day. Gio Castano, the victims brother said, "This is like the worst news a father could expect on Father's Day, you know," said the victim's brother, Gio Castano. "We were supposed to take him out to lunch today to eat and it's not gonna happen." The fatal accident happened at 3:15 Sunday morning. But it would be hours later when the family of Guillermo Castano Campanioni would get the heartbreaking news.

    A family is mourning the loss of a loved one after he was hit and killed while crossing a street in Coral Gables on Father's Day.

    "This is like the worst news a father could expect on Father's Day, you know," said the victim's brother, Gio Castano. "We were supposed to take him out to lunch today to eat and it's not gonna happen."

    The fatal accident happened at 3:15 Sunday morning. But it would be hours later when the family of Guillermo Castano Campanioni would get the heartbreaking news.


    "We found out this morning when the cops came like around 7 in the morning," Castano said.

    It happened at Douglas Road and Miracle Mile. According to Coral Gables Police, Octavia Blue, an assistant women's basketball coach at the University of Miami, was driving south on Douglas and crossed the intersection on a green light. Campanioni was in her path.

    The impact killed Campanioni at the scene.


    Coach Blue was inducted into UM Sports Hall of Fame in 2008. Campanioni's family wasn't aware of who was behind the wheel, but they do think Blue made the right play after the deadly accident.

    "The driver, thank you for stopping, we don't see that in Miami and God be with your family like it's with ours right now," Campanioni's cousin, Johanna Felipe said.

    "No words can bring true comfort to those who loved Mr. Campanioni, but our thoughts and prayers are with them at this time," UM said in a statement.


    For the Castanos, it's sad to say this isn't the first time tragedy has struck.

    "We lost our mom when we were really young, he's my only brother and I don't know how we're going to move from this," Castano said. "We were getting better at you know, we were improving our relationship and I don't know, it's not going to be the same."

    "He's outgoing, he's super spirited. He loved to laugh, dance, he traveled a lot," Felipe said.

    It appears that the was just an accident. Coach Blue stayed on the scene, and called 911. And it does not appear alcohol was a factor. No charges have been filed.