Thursday 24 May 2018

No bail for daycare crash suspect

Parents and children are escorted away by police after a deadly crash at a Florida day care centre (AP)
Parents and children are escorted away by police after a deadly crash at a Florida day care centre (AP)

The man suspected of causing a crash that killed a four-year-old girl at a Florida daycare centre has been held in jail at least until Monday.

Authorities say Robert Corchado was driving an SUV that crashed into another car, sending it spinning into the daycare centre where Lily Quintus was killed and 14 other people were injured.

A judge in Orlando said Corchado will be held in jail until at least Monday when the court will hear arguments on whether he can be released on bail.

Bail was initially set for 100,000 dollars (£60,000), but a prosecutor told the judge Corchado is a flight risk and should be held without bond.

Police say 28-year-old Corchado crashed his Dodge Durango into a convertible, which in turn smashed into the KinderCare building in Winter Park on Wednesday.

Authorities say Corchado then fled the scene, and later turned himself in after a major manhunt.

Lily's mother Nicole had joined the manhunt pleas, saying: "Families are emotionally destroyed because of what he did."

A sobbing Ms Quintus said Lily loved princesses, Star Wars, Doctor Who and ranch dressing on everything she ate - even pizza and hot dogs.

"She was beautiful and passionate and innocent," her mother said, "and she deserved so much more."

Lily was sitting at a table waiting for her afternoon snack when the car crashed into the building. Ms Quintus said a teacher called her, screaming, but unable to say what happened. "One minute everything was normal and the next there was an explosion and smoke and screams," she said.

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 misdemeanour charge of leaving the scene of a crash involving damage, a felony charge of selling narcotics, and felony marijuana possession. He was due back in court in May.

Florida Highway Patrol said Corchado was linked with the Latin Kings gang and could have been aided by other members.

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