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Man arrested in deadly Florida day care crash

WINTER PARK, Fla. (AP) - Four-year-old Lily Quintus loved princesses, ranch dressing - on everything - and "Star Wars," said her mother, whose pleas and those of others were answered when a driver police say caused the crash that killed the girl at her Florida day care surrendered to authorities.

A manhunt across Florida ended Thursday with the arrest of Robert Alex Corchado, 28. He was charged with leaving the scene of a deadly accident almost precisely 24 hours after the KinderCare facility in Winter Park was torn open in the wreck, killing the girl who was sitting in a classroom awaiting her afternoon snack. Fourteen others were injured, most of them children.

Corchado was being held on $100,000 bond, according to the Orange County Corrections Department. His attorney confirmed that his client turned himself in but declined to comment further. A bond hearing was set for Friday morning, according to a statement from the Florida Highway Patrol.

Police say Corchado, 28, of Winter Park, crashed his Dodge Durango into a convertible, which in turn smashed into the KinderCare building. Authorities had pleaded for the suspect to give up as they blanketed the state searching for him. Nicole Quintus, whose daughter, Lily, was killed, joined those pleas.

"Families are emotionally destroyed because of what he did," she said in an interview with The Associated Press.

The mother softly sobbed as she spoke of her daughter. She said Lily also loved the TV series "Doctor Who" and put ranch dressing on even pizza and hot dogs. Nicole Quintus said a teacher called her soon after the crash, 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.

The girl's 7-year-old brother is an aspiring engineer who wants to design a time machine to bring Lily back, the mother added.

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

Ten people were still hospitalized from the crash Thursday, including one child who remains in critical condition and two others who are listed in serious condition, according to Florida Highway Patrol.

Lily was on the minds of those who turned up Thursday at the day care, where the gaping hole was boarded up with plywood and a cluster of stuffed animals, flowers and candles were left in memoriam.

Ralph Velez, 48, left a stuffed bear from son Xavier, 5, who goes to the day care but was unhurt in Wednesday's crash. The bear was a gift from a few Christmases ago, and Xavier - who can't stop talking about the crash - wanted to give it to honor his friends, Velez said.

"He'll say, 'stupid car,' or 'stupid driver,'" Velez said. "He told us last night that he remembers the driver, who wasn't hurt, getting out and saying, 'What did I do? What did I do?'"

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 misdemeanor charge of leaving the scene of a crash involving damage, a felony charge of selling narcotics, and felony marijuana possession. He was released on more than $10,000 bond and pleaded not guilty to the charges. He was due back in court in May.

A man who answered the phone at a number listed for Corchado hung up. Florida Highway Patrol Maj. Cindy Williams said Corchado was linked with the Latin Kings gang and could have been aided by other members.

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Wilson April 10 2014 at 10:32 PM

It hurts so much that this happened to those wonderful children. My prayers go out to all the families.

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Mike April 11 2014 at 8:53 AM

He's a less than zero.

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Vimala Nowlis April 10 2014 at 10:05 PM

It's sill hit and run with possible drug violations. A felony manslaughter with special circumstances at least.
Where else in the world can a criminal with 8 arrests and drug charges be freed on bail to roam the streets and kill people except in America?
But, in America, criminals' life and rights are paramount and must be protected because it's guaranteed by the constitution. Publlic safety and innocent victims' life and rights? Who care?

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rbpratt887 April 11 2014 at 8:55 AM

wonder when we---the stupid ---sheeple are going to hold the judges and those who depend on our liberal system of justice accountable. it appears the grand plan is a totalitarian society where only one viewpoint is accepted---theirs. I'll bet the original constitutionalists are just dizzy trying to understand the direction of the Republic---going to crap

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emeraldknightsky rbpratt887 April 11 2014 at 9:10 AM

Liberal system? Florida has a completely republican government - legislature, governor, and attorney generals have been GOP for over a decade. It would seem to be that the sheeple are all painted red.

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dtkr1 emeraldknightsky April 11 2014 at 9:15 AM

Then you are too blind to see

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fernandezarthr April 11 2014 at 9:04 AM

.......This piece of Garbage doesn't deserves a trial,........he deserves a Firing squad!!!!.......Period!.....

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spock21757 fernandezarthr April 11 2014 at 9:09 AM

i will pull the trigger

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Greg Bays April 10 2014 at 10:04 PM

The system is not responsible for this guy's actions. He's responsible for killing a child and all of the other crimes he's commited. He killed a baby, ran away and left families crushed. He's an evil person that needs to be punished.

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seas1944 Greg Bays April 10 2014 at 10:10 PM

IT's true that he's responsible for his crimes, but he should've been in jail for his other crimes, not driving the streets.

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parcpl April 11 2014 at 9:10 AM

this POS should have no bond and no chance of ever getting out of jail. he doesn't belong among decent people.

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Laura April 11 2014 at 9:10 AM

why wasn't he in jail? He's been arrested numerous time. And the last time he was arrested was for doing the same thing!!!!! Seriously!!!! I would like to see the judge held accountable for letting this low life walk. This guy was obviously a career criminal, I don't understand why he was walking around freely. THIS TIME I hope the judicial system gets it right and realizes this guy isn't going to change, lock him up for good and forget about him. But before you do make sure there are photos of his victims all over his cell and a life size mural of this little girl he killed.

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junky55 Laura April 11 2014 at 9:14 AM

Why wasn't he in jail? Because our justice system doesn't work.

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jagcarfan Laura April 11 2014 at 9:16 AM

I agree with you 100% the Judge should be accountable for letting this guy go.

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sports April 11 2014 at 9:13 AM

I lived in FL. for ten years,I always said you can do what ever the hell you want and you'll be out on the streets the next day.( BUT WHAT EVER YOU DO,DONT SPEED ) The state hires cops and judgers just for speeding tickets.

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irishroyal April 11 2014 at 9:14 AM

All the judges that have let him off should be put up on charges too.

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