Winter Park, FL- The hit-and-run driver accused of killing one girl and injuring fourteen others at Winter Park daycare center has turned himself in Thursday.
Orange County police booked Robert Corchado, 26, around 4:30 Thursday for multiple charges including leaving the scene of an accident causing great bodily harm and death, the Orlando Sentinel reported. The manhunt for Corchado, who is a felon, began Wednesday night after police discovered he caused a deadly accident at the KinderCare
Learning Center on Goldenrod Road.
Corchoda was driving a Dodge Durango Wednesday evening when he struck another driver in a Toyota. The impact of the crash pushed the Toyota over a curb into a play yard of the daycare center.
Ronny Avellan was working in the area and saw the accident. He told the New York Times, “What I saw, I can’t take the picture out of my mind.” He said, “It was chaos everywhere. The vehicle was inside the day care, almost in the middle, and there were kids everywhere, on tables and running around. I saw one of the teachers giving CPR to a child.”
Emergency crews rushed to the scene and took 13 people, 12 children and one adult, to the local hospitals for treatment. Two teens were also injured and were treated at the scene.
Four-year-old Lily Quintas survived the initial impact, but doctors could not save her. Doctors said that at least three children are in serious to critical condition; one child was pinned by the Toyota. Most of the children had less serious injuries and were sent home with their parents after they were treated.
The driver whose car was pushed into the daycare was not injured. The Los Angeles Times reported that Toyota driver traveled some distance before he slammed into the KinderCare building because he either panicked or couldn’t stop. Police have not ruled out citations for the driver.
There were at least fifty children at KinderCare at the time of the accident.
After striking the Toyota, Corchado fled the scene, and shortly after the accident which occurred just after 3 p.m. his Durango was located at abandoned house in Winter Park. Police said he rented another car and was attempting to flee the area; they believe friends were helping him hide.
Just hours before Corchado turned himself in, authorities announced a $5,000 reward for anyone who could help locate the ex-con.
An investigation also revealed that Corchado has a long criminal history including previous hit-and-run charges. The Orlando Sentinel reported that just last week; he was cited for careless driving after he rear-ended a car at a red light. Corchado has also faced a string of drug charges for possession and intent to distribute. Police also said he was affiliated with the Latin Kings.
This accident, like all car accidents, was a tragedy and the families deserve to be generously compensated. An accident attorney will make it possible for the victims to get a just settlement.

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