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South Florida Fatal Hit-And-Run Claims 13-Year-Old Victim

Sandor Guillen was drinking and driving, according to police, traveling 100 mph down a 40 mph bus route in Southwest Miami-Dade when he slammed into a minivan, ripping it into two pieces. Guillen's Range Rover hit a tree and spun several times before coming to a stop. When it did, he jumped out and ran.

The driver of the minivan was taking his two daughters to school when he was hit by the drunk driver. His 13-year-old daughter was fatally injured in the crash; he, along with his 16-year-old daughter, was admitted to the hospital with injuries but has since been released.

The impact of the crash was so intense that a bystander at a nearby gas station reported feeling the ground shake. The Good Samaritan ran to help. He was able to pull the 13-year-old out of the minivan, but by the time the ambulance arrived he reported that her pulse was less than strong. She later died of her injuries in the motor vehicle crash at Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center.

The driver is fighting for release from jail. Prosecutors in the criminal drunk driving and manslaughter case against Guillen have argued that he is a flight risk because of family wealth and connections that could allow him to leave the country. Guillen insists that his bond, currently set at $1 million, should be lowered. He recently filed bankruptcy and his home is in foreclosure.

Meanwhile, the family is left mourning the loss of one daughter and healing the wounds of the rest of the family after Guillen chose to drink, drive and forever change each of their lives.

Source: The Miami Herald, "Good Samaritan haunted over crash that killed 13-year-old girl," Monique O. Madan, April 19, 2012


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