Closing arguments set for Monday in DUI death of teen

 
 
Defendant Sandor Guillen during his DUI manslaughter trial. Closing arguments are set for Monday. Guillen is accused of killing 13-year old Kaely Camacho in a violent car crash on the Miami-Dade busway.
Defendant Sandor Guillen during his DUI manslaughter trial. Closing arguments are set for Monday. Guillen is accused of killing 13-year old Kaely Camacho in a violent car crash on the Miami-Dade busway.
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Closing arguments are set for Monday in the DUI manslaughter trial of Sandor Guillen who is accused of killing 13-year old Kaely Camacho during a violent car crash.

The state rested its case on Friday after putting two technical witnesses on the stand.

The defense called two witnesses.

Earlier, toxicologist Lisa Reidy testified that Guillen had a blood alcohol level of .26, more than three times the legal limit when he T-boned Kirk Camacho’s minivan on the morning of April 13th, 2012. Guillen was driving in the Miami-Dade busway at Southwest 184th Street and US 1.

Guillen claimed he had the green light at the intersection, but Miami-Dade traffic engineer Hiram Hernandez testified Thursday that’s not possible.

Hernandez said sensors on the busway won’t give a bus or other vehicle the green if it’s going more than 15 miles per hour, otherwise there is a 55-second delay before the light turns green.

“The reason was to force the bus drivers down before they get the green,” Hernandez testified, adding that the system was configured to reduce the frequency of collisions on the once accident-plagued busway.

Prosecutors have said Guillen was barreling down the busway in excess of 80 mph, far too fast to have had time to trigger a green light.

Hernandez also offered an obvious but relevant answer in response to a question from prosecutor Laura Adams.

“Are civilian vehicles allowed to use the busway?” Adams asked. “No,” Hernandez replied. “They are not.”

The minivan the girl was in was torn in half by the force of the impact, and Guillen’s SUV then rammed a tree, spun five times and came to rest nearly half the length of a football field away.

Traffic homicide investigators also took the stand Thursday whose work the defense tried to attack.

Defense attorney Bruce Lehr accused Det. Oscar Perez of destroying his original notes on the accident scene.

Perez countered that he converted his original work into a diagram drawn to scale, a much more accurate presentation than the rough sketches he made by hand at the scene.

Traffic homicide Detective David Greenwell showed jurors photos of Guillen’s demolished Range Rover, the Camacho’s van ripped in half, and the blood covered seat where Kaely was fatally injured.

The girl’s mother, sister and other family members watched, wearing bracelets of blue—Kaely’s favorite color.

Wednesday, Kaely’s father gave emotional testimony when he recalled the crash.

“I basically saw what seemed like a flash... followed by a sound that sounded like a bomb,” said Camacho.

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