An arrest warrant was issued for Robert Corchado in Winter Park, Fla. today. Florida Highway Patrol believes Corchado is responsible for a hit and run collision on Wednesday that sent another car into a daycare center. On April 10, News 13 reported that a $5,000 reward has been issued for information leading to the arrest of Corchado.
Approximately 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Robert Corchado failed to slow down when the car in front slowed to turn. Instead, he rear ended the vehicle and sent a Toyota Solara into the KinderCare daycare center located on Goldenrod Road in Winter Park. Officers say that Corchado did not stop, instead fleeing the scene of the accident. Corchado was driving a silver Dodge Durango at the time of the crash.
Eight children were transported to Arnold Palmer Medical Center with injuries due to the crash. One child, 4-year old Lily Quintus, did not survive. Two children have been released from the hospital while five others are still hospitalized and are listed from fair to critical condition.
Authorities were able to track the whereabouts of Corchado's Durango. Residents of the home where Corchado's vehicle was parked told police that a friend dropped the car off and left. It has been confirmed that Corchado did rent a black Mazda SUV from the Enterprise Rent-A-Car located in Winter Park. The Florida license plate number on that vehicle is CHRQ41.
Florida law enforcement officials have confirmed that this is not Corchado's first brush with the law. He has quite an extensive criminal record having served prison sentences for extortion and trafficking cocaine. Corchado has also been said to have gang ties.
It is possible that Robert Corchado is no longer inside the state of Florida. If you see him or suspect it is him, do not approach him as he could be dangerous. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Robert Corchado is urged to call and make a report. Tipsters can remain anonymous. Call 800-423-TIPS (8477).