Lowered bond set in horrific South Miami-Dade DUI crash

A Coral Gables man accused in a horrific drunk-driving crash that killed a 13-year-old girl will be allowed out of jail on a $205,000 bond, a Miami-Dade judge ruled Tuesday.

If he can come up with the money, Sandor Guillen will also have to wear a GPS monitor and stay at home except to meet with his lawyer or work.

Guillen is charged with DUI manslaughter and a slew of other charges for the April 13 death of Kaely Camacho.

Miami-Dade police say Guillen, 38, was driving his girlfriend’s 2010 Range Rover southbound on the U.S. 1 busway at over 100 miles an hour when he plowed into the Camacho family’s minivan, tearing the vehicle in half as it turned on Southwest 184th Street.

Guillen kept driving, then tried staggering away from his mangled vehicle on foot, according to police.

He has been charged with DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of a crash involving a death, and two counts of leaving the scene of a crash involving great bodily injuries.

After his arrest, a Miami-Dade judge initially held Guillen on a $1 million bond, even though the standard amount for his charges is $45,000.

Circuit Judge Leon Firtel, grilling Guillen’s parents on their finances, lowered the bond, but more than quadrupled the standard amount. Guillen’s parents, who hail from Nicaragua, agreed to surrender their passports, as did Guillen, who is an American citizen.

Kaely’s death has drawn intense media interest and hundreds of the family’s supporters crowded the hallway outside Firtel’s court. Her sister, Breen Ann Marie Camacho, also posted a YouTube video asking supporters to sign a petition aimed at keeping Guillen behind bard.

From the bench, Firtel on Tuesday expressed his condolences to the family.

“I have heard you, via the press both TV and print,” Firtel said. “But this is not a popularity contest based on the numbers of people you can turn out to court … In this courtroom, we follow the law.”


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