Mother calls for change after daughter struck, killed by vehicle in SW Bakersfield

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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.

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