A veteran traffic homicide detective took the stand Thursday in the trial of 39-year-old Sandor Guillen, charged in the fatal hit-and-run that crash that killed 13-year-old Kaely Camacho.
On the second day of proceedings, Miami-Dade Police Sgt. David Greenwell showed the jury photos of the April 2012 wreck.
"I have never seen a car ripped in half like this," Greenwell said. "And I look at car crashes all the time."
Police said a drunken Guillen, driving a Land Rover at 80 mph in the bus lane, plowed through Camacho's father's minivan, ripping it in half on Southwest 184th Street. After Guillen’s car rammed into a tree and spun five times, he fled on foot but was quickly caught, officials said.
Camacho was rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center where she later died. Camacho's father and sister, who were also in the car, survived the impact.
Guillen, who had a blood alcohol level of .266 in a test done a little more than an hour after the crash, is charged with vehicular homicide, DUI manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident, according to authorities. He has pleaded not guilty.
In court, defense attorney Bruce Lehr accused traffic homicide investigators of destroying evidence in the case against his client.
"You're kidding," responded Sgt. Oscar Perez.
Perez said what he destroyed were just notes, and not the evidence which was filed in his computer.
Miami-Dade County traffic light supervisor Hiram Hernandez said Guillen was going too fast to trip the sensor that would give the bus lane a green light. But for a short period around the time of the crash, Hernandez said the light on Southwest 184th Street was red.
"So for 14 seconds, east-west traffic on 184th Street was red?" Lehr asked.
"Yes," Hernandez replied.