MIAMI (CBS4) – On the one year anniversary of her sister’s death, Bree Ann Camacho plans to honor her in a special way.
This Saturday is prom at her school Palmetto Senior High and she’s running for queen.
“My sister doesn’t get to run because of a drunk driver and even if I don’t get crowned just running will let all my students see it is a hard day because of drinking and driving and it has to stop,” Camacho told CBS4’s Marybel Rodriguez.
If she wins Camacho, 17, is hoping to use her title not for popularity but to spread an important message.
“Drunk driving kils,” said Camacho.
Camacho’s sister, Kaely, was only 13-years old when she was died April 13th, 2012. The sisters and their father was in his van when it was struck by Sandor Guillen.
Police said Guillen was illegally driving on the busway, driving roughly 100 miles per hou, and driving with a blood alcohol level approximately three times the legal limit when the crash occurred at SW 184th Street and U.S.1, it was T-boned by Guillen’s SUV.
“People call it an accident but it’s not because when someone who is not sober chooses to get in the seat of the car it is no longer an accident, they made that decision,” said Camacho.
Bree Ann and her family are hoping to share their story to prevent other families from feeling their pain of losing a loved one to drunk driving.
On Friday, the City of Palmetto Bay will rename 162st Street and 80th Avenue Kaely Camacho Way. The street is adjacent to Southwood Middle School where Kaely attended.
Guillen is under house arrest awaiting trail he faces several charges including DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident with bodily injuries.