FHP issues report on fatal Florida day care crash

Published On: Apr 17 2014 08:57:05 AM EDT   Updated On: Apr 17 2014 08:57:25 AM EDT

When a car crashed into a central Florida day care last week, it slammed through the playroom where it hit three children -- killing one of them and seriously injuring two others -- and left 10 more people injured by flying debris, the Florida Highway Patrol reported Wednesday.

The driver of a Toyota Solara convertible was preparing to turn right onto the private drive of a KinderCare in Winter Park the afternoon of April 9 when a Dodge Durango driven by Robert Corchado, 28, rear-ended the car, the report stated. The impact propelled the car over a curb, through the KinderCare parking lot and into the building.

The car smashed completely through the building's exterior wall, as well as an interior wall, before coming to a stop just 3 feet from the opposite exterior wall.
Lily Quintus, 4, later died and two other children had injuries that were described as incapacitating. An adult and nine other children were injured by debris, troopers reported.
Corchado fled the scene but turned himself in the next day after a statewide manhunt, authorities said. He has been charged with fleeing the scene of a fatal crash and was being held in the Orange County jail with bail set at $100,000. If Corchado is released, he would likely be arrested on violation of probation charges in neighboring Seminole County.
Corchado has been arrested eight times since 2000. Department of Corrections records show he served prison time for trafficking cocaine and extortion. He most recently was arrested in December on a misdemeanor charge of leaving the scene of a crash involving damage, a felony charge of selling narcotics, and felony marijuana possession. He was released on more than $10,000 bond and pleaded not guilty to the charges. He was due back in court in May.

FHP officials previously said Corchado was linked with the Latin Kings gang.


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