MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Sandor Guillen, the man charged with DUI manslaughter in a horrific crash that killed a 13-year-old girl was back in court Thursday morning at a hearing which sought to have his $1-million bond reduced.The judge, however, did not make a decision and continued the hearing until Tuesday April 24th.
The judge is waiting to make a decision until it can be determined whether or not Guillen and his father have the financial assets to pay the million dollar bond.
Prosecutors believe the family has the financial means to pay the bond but Guillen claimed his Coral Gables condo is in foreclosure. He also claimed to make $150,000 as a physical therapist last year and only has a few hundred dollars in the bank.
Guillen is accused of DUI manslaughter in the death of Kaely Camacho, who was killed when Guillen’s Land Rover T-boned her father’s minivan at U.S.1 and SW 184th Street in Southwest Miami-Dade on Friday, April 13th. Police said Guillen was driving 100 mph on the Miami-Dade busway.
Osvaldo Gastelbondo heard the crash and went running to help. He says he pulled Kaely’s sister out of the car and tried to comfort her father. Gastelbondo recounted, “The father is crying crying saying I cant take I can”t take it I can”t take it . I told him don’t worry.”
Kaely’s father, Kirk Camacho and her 16-year-old sister Breeann, were treated at Baptist Hospital and released the same morning.
During Thursday morning’s hearing, the courtroom was standing room only. It was filled with Kaely’s family and friends who don’t want Guillen released on bond.
“We don’t want somebody causing a horrific accident like this, taking a 13-year old’s life, and then leaving the court building because of a court bond whether it’s a dollar or a million dollars and skipping out ,” said Kaely’s uncle Bruce Cease.
Kirk Camacho, father of 13-year-old Kaely Camacho, appeals to a judge not to release accused drunk driver Sandor Guillen on bond. Guillen is charged with DUI manslaughter in the death of Kaely. (Source: CBS4)
Her father told the judge he just wants “justice” for his daughter. In the visitors gallery were also representatives from Mother’s Against Drunk Driving.
“We extend our deepest sympathy in the loss of Kaely, a beautiful emerging life,” said Sally Matson with M.A.D.D. “We believe that all DUIs should be prosecuted because we want to end this 100 percent preventable crime.”
Guillen has been charged with vehicular homicide, DUI manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, leaving the scene of an accident causing serious bodily injury, and driving without a driver’s license resulting in a death.
If he posts bond, Guillen will remain on house arrest with GPS monitoring. He will not be allowed to drink or drive. His attorney surrendered his passport.
Police said after Guillen hit the Camacho’s minivan, his Land Rover hit a tree, spun five times, and then stopped nearly 400 feet away from the original collision. Guillen then tried to run from the scene but he was caught a couple of
blocks away, according to police.
Multiple police officers and a Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Lieutenant said they smelled alcohol on Guillen’s breath. Police then drew blood to find out the blood alcohol content, the results are not yet back.
One source close to the investigation told CBS4 News, “anyone within six feet of the subject could smell the booze on him” the morning of the collision.
A source close to the investigation told CBS4 News that in interviews with police, Guillen admitted to have been “drinking hard liquor” before the crash.
Scores of family and friends gathered Wednesday for Kaely’s burial service at Caballero Woodlawn South.
Kaely’s grandfather, Raffie Camacho, told reporters he knows she is “in heaven.”
“She was so beautiful, she was so active,” Camacho said. “She was our little baby. She’s gone now, but we know we will join her one day with the Lord.”
The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to:
- 7700 N Kendall Drive
- Suite 803
- Miami, FL 33156