Suspect in fatal daycare hit-and-run crash will remain in jail - FOX 35 News Orlando

Suspect in fatal daycare hit-and-run crash will remain in Orange Co. jail

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Robert Corchado, 28, was taken into custody after turning himself into authorities. Robert Corchado, 28, was taken into custody after turning himself into authorities.
FHP has released this Image of the car rented by Robert Corchado, as captured by a surveillance camera. FHP has released this Image of the car rented by Robert Corchado, as captured by a surveillance camera.
WINTER PARK, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

An Orange County Judge on Friday told the suspect in a fatal hit-and-run crash at a Winter Park daycare that he will remain behind bars until at least Monday.

Robert Corchado, 28, faces a charge of leaving the scene of a crash involving a death.

Troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol said Corchado crashed into another car that then slammed into the Goldenrod Road KinderCare daycare.  That crash, which happened Wednesday afternoon, claimed the life of 4-year-old Lily Quintus and left nearly a dozen others seriously injured.

Authorities located the hit and run vehicle at a Winter Park home not long after the incident, but Corchado remained at-large.  That prompted a massive manhunt which ended when Corchado surrendered to authorities on Thursday.

FHP said Corchado rented a Black Mazda SUV from a car rental facility in Winter Park shortly after the crash and continue to search for that vehicle.

Bail was initially set for $100,000, but a prosecutor told the judge that Corchado is a flight risk and that he should be held without bond.

An FHP spokesperson tells FOX 35 that authorities had received a Crimeline tip that Corchado was planning to flee the country if he bonded out of jail.

"We felt he was a flight risk, and he was a danger to the public," said Sgt. Wanda Diaz.  "We didn't feel he should be bonding out, basically for the safety of the public."

Records show Corchado has been arrested eight times since 2000.

Last week, Corchado was cited for careless driving.  In December, he was arrested in Seminole County, in which he was charged with leaving the scene of another crash.  Corchado was released from prison in 2012, after spending three years behind bars on charges of trafficking cocaine.  He also spent a year in prison in 2004 on extortion charges.

Prosecutors said they intended to file a pre-trial detention motion that, if granted, would not allow Corchado to bond out of jail.  The judge is expected to make a decision on Monday.

 

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