20-Year Sentence for Sandor Guillen, Driver in Hit-and-Run Crash That Killed Kaely Camacho

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    A man found guilty in the DUI hit-and-run death of 13-year-old Kaely Camacho was sentenced to 20 years in prison. NBC 6's Hank Tester has the story. (Published Friday, Jun 6, 2014)

    The South Florida man convicted in the 2012 hit-and-run crash that killed a 13-year-old girl was sentenced to 20 years in prison with nine years of probation.

    Sandor Guillen, 40, was sentenced Friday afternoon in the violent southwest Miami-Dade crash that killed Kaely Camacho.

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    The teen's family, friends and schoolmates were in court to see the sentencing. Family members were able to address the judge and speak on the experience.

    "It has changed all of our lives," said father Kirk Camacho, who witnessed his daughter's death. "It continues to hurt and never changes."

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    Mother Angelica Camacho reminded the judge that Guillen fled from the sence.

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    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. (Published Friday, Apr 13, 2012)

    "What kind of human does that?" she asked. "It is no different than if he had taken a gun, shot her in the head and left her to die."

    Kaely Camacho's sister also spoke.

    "Throughout the trial, he showed no remorse," said sister Bree Ann Camacho. "He does not realize because of a selfish decision he has killed a child."

    Guillen's family members also spoke on his behalf, characterizing the trial as a modern-day lynching. Sister Sofia Jennings said Guillen was a victim of politics and the media.

    "That is why I am compelled today to give testimony of what my brother really is and not what has been portrayed in the media throughout this whole ordeal," Jennings said.

    The statement brought sharp criticism from State Prosecutor Laura Adams.

    "For her to call the proceeding before you, your honor, a modern-day lyunching, is unimaginable.

    In March, a jury found Guillen, 39, guilty of vehicular homicide, DUI manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident in the April 13, 2012 crash. He had pleaded not guilty.

    Camacho was killed when Guillen’s Land Rover struck her father’s minivan, ripping it in half on Southwest 184th Street, police said. 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 vehicle, survived the impact.

    A judge denied a retrial in the case in April.

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