The man accused of causing a car to careen into a Florida daycare has been convicted of multiple charges, including leaving the scene of an accident.
In April, an out-of-control Toyota Solara crashed into an Orlando-area KinderCare, killing 4-year-old Lily Quintus and injuring 11 other children.
Police soon determined that a vehicle driven by Robert Corchado had rear-ended the Solara, causing it to lose control. Corchado fled the scene of the accident, prompting a massive manhunt.
But what seemed like a routine – and tragic – accident eventually turned into something more. Authorities said that Corchado, 30, was an associate of the Latin Kings gang. According to prosecutors, Corchado fled the scene because he was “riding dirty” – meaning he had drugs in the car.
In court on Monday, Corchado admitted to some of the allegations. He testified that he had been at a friend’s house before the crash “to give him product – and put our money together to get more product.” He later admitted that the “product” referred to large amounts of heroin.
Corchado also admitted to the hit-and-run.
“I kept going forwrad and I sped off,” he testified, but said he didn’t realize the full extent of the crash until he saw it on the news. “I was freaking out; I was panicking,” he said. “I didn’t know what to do.”
But state attorney Linda Drane Burdick – the lead prosecutor in the Casey Anthony murder trial – pointed out that Corchado had called his mother, telling her to report that his vehicle had been stolen.
“He began to take steps to hide the vehicle,” Burdick told the jury.
In the end, it took the six-member jury just two hours to convict Corchado of seven charges, including drug charges and two counts of leaving a scene of an accident that caused death or injury. When he’s sentenced in January, he faces life in prison.