MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The sister of a South Florida teen who was killed by a man charged with DUI has gone on Facebook to rally support to keep him in jail.
That sister and her mother spoke exclusively to CBS4, saying they want to “raise awareness about drunk driving” and a teen who “meant the world” to her family.
On her personal page, 16-year old Bree Ann Camacho has posted a video in which she talks about the accident.
“A guy by the name of Sandor Guillen, who was drunk driving, and he was speeding in the bus lane ‘t-boned’ us and literally broke our car in half,” Camacho said on the video.
Guillen is accused of DUI manslaughter in the death of Bree Ann’s sister, 13-year old Kaely Camacho, who was killed when Guillen’s Land Rover slammed into to their father’s minivan at U.S.1 and SW 184th Street in Southwest Miami-Dade on Friday, April 13th.
“She meant the world to us,” said Angie Camacho, “She was such a kind girl, she loved cheerleading and dancing and just loved life.”
Speaking out for the first time since the accident happened, Camacho told D’Oench, “I just wanted to thank the community, our friends and family for all the support that they’ve shown us. We miss Kaely very much.”
Police said Guillen was driving 100 mph on the Miami-Dade busway. Guillen then tried to run from the scene but he was caught a couple of blocks away, according to police.
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.
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.
Guillen’s bond has been set at one million dollars. On Tuesday, he’s scheduled to be back in court where a judge will decide if the bond amount should be lowered. The Camacho family doesn’t want Guillen to be released from jail. They think he may try to leave the country and not pay for his actions.
On the video, Bree Ann asks for those who have offered sympathy to her family to be at the courthouse on Tuesday in a show of support.
“We can save lives, this isn’t supposed to happen, we need to stop drunk driving and we can start here,” said Camacho. “This guy needs to get what he deserves.”
“I hope this brings awareness, to the affects that our family has been put through, because of a drunk driver,” said Angie Camacho. “We want to keep him behind bars and we’re asking for everyone to join us and support us on this Tuesday, April 24th, at the justice building on. We want to keep this guy behind bars. I just hope it can save other lives.”
“I want to bring awareness to how wrong drunk driving is,” she added.
Bree Ann has also started an online petition which people can sign to support no reduction in Guillen’s bond amount.
“I think that I had a purpose and, of living,” said Bree Ann, “I survived the crash to be an advocate against drunk driving.”
“I think it’s great, what she did posting the video on Facebook,” said her mother. “I hope she touches a lot of lives if she gets her message across.”
Bree Ann told D’Oench, “Two thousand people showed up for my sister’s services. I did expect it, because she was awesome. She meant a lot to me. I mean I told her things I could not tell other people.”
Judge Samantha Ruiz-Cohen has ruled if Guillen is released on bond, there will be some rigorous restrictions.
“You are on total lockdown,” Judge Samantha Ruiz-Cohen said during last week’s initial bond hearing. “You are not to leave your house.
Do you understand this?” Guillen answered “Yes.”
Guillen will also not be allowed to drive, drink, and must surrender his passport if he makes bail.