Hoping to keep the man accused of killing her sister behind bars, a teenager created an online video that was posted on YouTube asking people to show up at a court hearing today to keep the bond at $1 million.
“Even if you don’t know me or my family or my sister, like, we can save lives," Bree Ann Camacho, 16, said in the video. "This isn’t suppose to happen. We need to stop drunk driving and we can start here."
Camacho posted the video on her Facebook page, describing the horrific car accident that killed her younger sister, Kaely Camacho earlier this month. She was 13.
Sandro Guillen is charged with five felonies in connection with the accident, including vehicular homicide, drunk driving, leaving the scene of an accident and driving with a suspended license. His attorney has refrained from commenting on the charges until seeing the state's evidence.
“Right now … we have his bail bond set at a million dollars which is a state record in Florida, but now he’s trying to lower it and, like, that can’t happen,” the teen says, looking straight into the camera. “Look what he did, my little sister is gone because of him and this can’t happen."
The story was picked up by local and national media, including CNN affiliate WSVN. While she had hoped thousands would show up, about two dozen or so family and friends crowded the courtroom. A handful of the victim’s close friends wore blue shirts with Kaely’s name with a heart on the front and on the back the shirts said “forever.”
Despite her plea, the judge reduced the bond for Sandro Guillen to $205,000, although he was ordered to remain under house arrest and forfeit his passports. During the bond hearing, the judge acknowledged Camacho's social media campaign.
“I want to tell you that I heard you via the press, both TV and print," said Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Leon Firtel. "But this is not a popularity contest.”
After the hearing, her father told WFOR that he was hopeful that justice would be served.
“We just have to have faith in the system and God," Kirk Camacho told WFOR. "You know justice will be served. All we can do is hope and pray for that.”
On the morning of April 13, Kirk Camacho was driving his two teenage daughters to their mother’s home when he approached an intersection and was allegedly hit by Guillen, who was driving an SUV in the bus lane “at approximately 100 miles per hour," according to the police report.
A police officer on the scene described the accident as “so severe that the victim’s vehicle was ripped in half.”
An arraignment for Guillen is scheduled for May 4.