A 4-year-old girl died from the injuries she suffered when a car crashed into a Winter Park daycare

Authorities: Suspect no stranger to the law

A suspect in a daycare crash that killed a four-year-old girl Wednesday may be trying to run from Orlando, authorities say.
 
WFTV.com reports  that authorities believe Robert Corchado, 28, was driving a Dodge Durango about 3 p.m. when he struck another vehicle, sending that vehicle plowing into the KinderCare daycare in Winter Park.
 
Witnesses told a WFTV reporter that they saw someone drop the SUV off a house and leave in a different vehicle.
 
Authorities say Corchado rented a Mazda CSX-1 from an Enterprise in Winter Park with the license plate CHR-Q41.
 
Immediately after the crash, 12 children and one adult were hospitalized. Two others received treatment at the scene.
 
Florida Highway Patrol implored residents to come forward with information that could lead them to the driver.
 
“I don’t care if they think they saw something, they might have seen something, please come forward,” says FHP spokeswoman Wanda Diaz.
 
“If the person out there that did this is watching, please turn yourself in,” Diaz says. “It’s not worth is because we will find you today. And I promise that.”
 
KinderCare officials released the following statement after the crash:
We are devastated to hear that a child has died after being injured by a car crashing into our center in Winter Park, Florida today. We are further heartbroken that several of the other children in our care and an adult were injured in this accident today. 
 
Earlier this afternoon, a driver was reportedly forced off of the road and drove their vehicle into our Goldenrod KinderCare center in Winter Park. Our staff immediately assessed the children for injuries and contacted emergency responders for assistance. They then began notifying all of our center parents of this incident and evacuating all other children and staff from the building as a precaution.
 
At this time, our information about this situation comes from the Florida Highway Patrol and theOrange County Public Information Officer. Those authorities have confirmed that 11 children and one adult were transported to local hospitals with various injuries. Other than confirming the death of one child, authorities have not released updated information on the condition of the others who were injured. Children who were not injured have been reunited with their parents. We are providing alternate sites for our students to attend in the coming days in order to allow the investigation and repairs to the building to proceed.
 
Our thoughts are with all of our families and staff, particularly with the tragic and incomprehensible loss of a child.  We are pulling for those who have been injured to quickly recover from this tragic accident.

Corchado is no stranger to the law, according to authorities.  He's currently awaiting trial on cocaine and marijuana charges and has already spent three years in prison for other drug related offenses.  Bay Area law enforcement are also familiar with Corchado as he served time for extortion of an employee at a juvenile detention facility in Polk County.

In addition, just a week before the fatal daycare crash, Corchado was ticketed by Winter Park police for careless driving.

The search for Corchado continues.

 

 

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