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Man in fatal hit-and-run found guilty of DUI manslaughter

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39-year-old Sandor Guillen 39-year-old Sandor Guillen
Bree Ann Camacho (left) reacts to the verdict. Bree Ann Camacho (left) reacts to the verdict.

MIAMI (WSVN) -- A South Florida man has been found guilty of all charges in the hit-and-run death of a teenage girl, an act he allegedly committed while driving under the influence.

Thirty-nine-year-old Sandor Guillen was accused of killing 13-year-old Kaely Camacho and injuring her father and sister while they were on their way to school on April 13, 2012.

A stern-faced Sandor Guillen faced the jury Monday afternoon, about three hours after they listened to closing arguments. "The defendant knew or should have known that the crash did occur," a jury member said as he read the verdict. "The defendant did fail to give information. The defendant did fail to render aid."

The victim's mother and older sister were unable to hold back tears as Guillen learned his fate. He was found guilty of DUI manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death. "Thank God justice prevailed," said Kirk Camacho, the teen's father.

Bree Ann Camacho, the victim's older sister, was also present in the courtroom Monday. She said this case serves as a lesson in personal responsibility. "When God made us, we're human, and we're going to make mistakes, but we have to learn from these mistakes ... or they're going to keep happening," she said. "That is why I hope that this is an example for all of you out there to never get behind the wheel while impaired because you're not just being selfish and could possibly be taking your own life, but you could take other people's lives, like my sister Kaely Camacho."

Guillen allegedly slammed his Range Rover into the family's minivan on Southwest 184th Street and U.S. 1 after speeding the wrong way on a road designated for use by public transit buses only. The victim's father was driving the victim and her sister to school that morning. The father and the older sister survived with injuries, but Kaely was impaled by a cup holder and pronounced dead at the hospital. Officials said Guillen fled from the scene on foot.

The prosecution was concerned with proving three things: that Guillen was driving the car, that he was impaired while doing so and he was the one responsible for causing the crash that caused or contributed to Camacho's death.

On Friday, a witness for the defense testified that it was the victim's father who ran a red light, and he is the one responsible for his own daughter's death. Monday afternoon, defense attorney Bruce Lehr made the claim in his closing statements.

Prosecutor Laura Adams said the defense witness' testimony is as reliable as a crystal ball, bringing one into the courtroom. "I definitely did not go through that red light," Kirk Camacho said after the verdict was announced.

Another defense strategy was arguing that police handled their investigation poorly. Defense attorney Bruce Lehr said officers discarded notes taken at the scene. "What turns a group of honest cops into a gang or a posse looking for a hanging?" he said.

The defendant was alleged to have been driving drunk at the time of the crash. He had a .266 blood alcohol level, three times the legal limit.

The prosecution contends it was Guillen's own selfishness that is to blame for this, before and after the crash. In her closing statements, Adams said, "Do you think a man selfish enough to be barreling down a roadway that he doesn't belong on, speeding to beat the van and in somebody else's car, could care about a simple red light? No, that's for the other people, not for Sandor Guillen. All he could think about was getting the hell away from that monstrous scene and to hell with whoever was on the receiving end of his selfishness."

Kaely's mother said she is glad their ordeal is over. "Having to go though this all over again, this trial, [brought back] lots of painful memories," said Angela Camacho.

Guillen faces up to 30 years in prison. His defense team said they will appeal the jury's decision.

Guillen's pre-sentencing hearing has been set for April 14. On that date, the judge will set the actual date for his sentencing.

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