MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Kirk Camacho, father of the late Kaely Camacho, shed tears on the witness stand as he recalled for prosecutors what happened when Sandor Guillen allegedly hit Camacho’s minivan, killing Kaely.
Kirk was the first witness called to the stand in Guillen’s trial that started Wednesday. Camacho recalled his daily routine for prosecutors and told them about the arrangement he had with Kaely’s mom to get the girls home early after staying with him the night before.
“I basically saw what seemed like a flash and, umm, followed by a sound that sounded like a bomb,” said Camacho.
Camacho detailed the morning when Guillen’s car allegedly hit the Camacho’s minivan. He recounted lifting Kaely’s limp, bloody body out of the minivan after the accident and described the moment doctors told him his daughter had died.
“They eventually came in the room and told us that she didn’t make it,” said Camacho, fighting back tears.
Kirk Camacho’s testimony came after prosecutor Laura Adams said in her opening statement Guillen, 39, had a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit when his car t-boned a mini-van driven by Kirk Camacho as he crossed the busway at SW 184th Street and U.S. 1 on April 13th, 2012.
Camacho’s two teenage daughters were in the mini-van. Kaely was killed, her sister Bree Ann was injured.
The prosecution gave a graphic description of the DUI crash saying that Kirk Camacho was holding his daughter “as her life blood oozed out” and Guillen ran from the scene. Adams told the jury Kaely’s head was impaled by a cup holder that left a gaping hole in her head.
The graphic opening statement from Adams described Guillen as being found stumbling drunk in a nearby field listening to music on his cell phone. Adams said Guillen initially said he got jumped to explain his injuries.
After the prosecution concluded, defense attorney Bruce Lehr gave his opening statement saying that the case was built upon “falsehoods, tampered and tainted evidence and even destroyed evidence.”
“They broke evidence seals,” Lehr told the jury about the investigators. “There was tampering, destruction, and lying.”
Sally Matson with Mothers Against Drunk Driving said the trial will be an extremely difficult time for the Camacho family.
“They are very nervous about the trial. Typically with victims, when they go to trial every wound opens up. They go back to the moment when they crash happened and the loss occurred, it is an extremely difficult time.”
Guillen pleaded not guilty to DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident. Guillen refused a plea deal.
If Guillen is found guilty, he faces up to 30 years in prison.
The trial is set to continue Thursday morning at 10 AM.
(CBS4 news partner the Miami Herald’s David Ovalle contributed to this report)