The family of a Bakersfield girl who was struck and killed by a vehicle is calling for harsher punishments for unlicensed drivers.
Emily Guillen-Casillas, 5, died in November after being struck by a vehicle at the intersection of California Spring Drive and Harris Road in Southwest Bakersfield.
Guillen-Casillas’ grandmother was also struck, but survived, losing a leg.
Marina Cambray, the driver of the vehicle that struck the girl, was charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter and driving without a license, according to police.
Those charges weren’t enough for Lupita Guillen, Emily’s mother, who attended a rally at the intersection Friday.
“We need harsher punishments for people who drive without a license,” she said. “With just a misdemeanor, more people are going to continue doing it because they know the charges won’t be that much.”
Cambray is out on bail, according to the Kern County Superior Court website. A pre-trial conference date is set for May 18.