Thursday, June 5, 2014

After TOYOTA SOLARA Crash that killed Lily Quintus, KinderCare reopens

Posted: 4:59 p.m. Tuesday, June 3, 2014

KinderCare center reopens after car crashed into building, killing young girl


Children began returning to the KinderCare day care center on Goldenrod Road in Winter Park Monday, weeks after a car barreled into the building, killing a child and injuring several others.

Lily Quintas, 4, died in April when a car struck by a hit-and-run driver crashed through the wall of the day care as Lily and other children sat at a table waiting for afternoon snacks.

Twelve others, mostly children, were injured in the accident.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers later arrested Robert Corchado, who they said struck the car that went into the building. They said Corchado then fled the scene.

Corchado turned himself
in to authorities the following day and remains in jail charged with leaving the scene of a traffic crash involving death, and leaving the scene of a traffic crash involving serious bodily injury.

On Tuesday, KinderCare officials said they have installed reinforced concrete planters in front of the building and added traffic barriers along the sides of the building to "provide peace of mind that this won’t happen again."


Highway Patrol officers investigate tire skid marks after several children were injured after being struck by a vehicle at a KinderCare Learning Center in Winter Park, Florida April 9, 2014. One child died and a dozen people were injured in a hit-and-run crash at an Orlando-area daycare centre on Wednesday afternoon, according to media reports citing hospital officials. REUTERS/Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel

Barbara Liston, Reuters

ORLANDO, Fla. – A Florida man suspected of involvement in a hit-and-run car crash that killed a 4-year-old girl and injured 14 people at an Orlando-area daycare centre surrendered to authorities on Thursday, police said.

Robert Corchado, 28, turned himself in at the Orange County Jail....

Corchado is believed to be the driver of a Dodge Durango SUV that triggered the crash by rear-ending another car as it slowed to turn into the day care entrance near Orlando.

The second car, a Toyota Solara, jumped the curb before going through the parking lot and into the front of the KinderCare daycare centre, striking several children and stopping at the back of the building.