Sudden Acceleration Investigated In Day Care Crash [GALLERY]

By: CBS Orlando; CBS News; CNN; Associated Press News Email
By: CBS Orlando; CBS News; CNN; Associated Press News Email

Associated Press News Release
April 25, 2014

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The Florida Highway Patrol says it is looking at the role of sudden acceleration in a car crash into a day care center that killed a 4-year-old girl.

Agency spokeswoman Kim Montes said Friday that it is one of the many potential factors being considered.

According to troopers, Albert Campbell was in a Toyota Solara preparing to turn right onto the private drive of a KinderCare when a Dodge Durango driven by Robert Corchado rear-ended the car. The impact propelled the Solara into the day care building.

Corchado is charged with fleeing the scene of a fatal crash.

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Associated Press News Release
April 17, 2014

WINTER PARK, Fla. (AP) -- The driver of a car that crashed into a day care center after being rear-ended by an SUV has tested negative for driving under the influence.

The Florida Highway Patrol said on Thursday that 61-year-old Albert Dean Campbell had no alcohol or drugs in his system.

The FHP is still investigating last week's crash.

An FHP report released Wednesday says Campbell was preparing to turn right onto the private drive of a KinderCare when a Dodge Durango driven by Robert Corchado rear-ended the car. The impact propelled the car through the KinderCare parking lot and into the building.

A 4-year-old girl was killed, and 14 others were injured.

Corchado was charged with fleeing the scene of a fatal crash and remains in jail with bail set at $100,000.


News Release: Associated Press News
Updated: April 16, 2014, 10pm

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- State troopers say that when a car crashed into a central Florida day care, it slammed through the playroom where it hit three children -- killing one of them and seriously injuring two others -- and left 10 more people injured by flying debris.

The Florida Highway Patrol released a report on the April 9 crash Wednesday.

The Patrol says a convertible was preparing to turn right onto the private drive of a KinderCare in Winter Park when an SUV rear-ended the car. The impact propelled the car through the KinderCare parking lot and into the building.

A 4-year-old girl later died and two children had injuries that were described as incapacitating.

FHP says the SUV driver fled the scene but turned himself in the next day.


Associated Press News Release

WINTER PARK, Fla. (AP) -- A 28-year-old SUV driver faces a hearing in the fatal crash at a day care center that killed a 4-year-old and injured 14, mostly children.

The Florida State Patrol says the hearing for Robert Alex Corchado is scheduled for Friday morning. He surrendered Thursday after the dead child's mother pleaded for him to turn himself in.

He was charged with leaving the scene of a deadly accident almost precisely 24 hours after the KinderCare center in Winter Park was torn open in the wreck.

Lily Quintus was sitting at a table waiting for her afternoon snack Wednesday when a convertible was sent careening through the building.

Police say Corchado was driving his Dodge Durango that hit the convertible to start the crash.


News Release: Associated Press News
Updated: April 10, 2014, 5:15pm

By PATRICK PETERSON and MATT SEDENSKY

WINTER PARK, Fla. (AP) -- The man authorities say fled after causing a deadly crash at a Florida day care center has surrendered.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office says 26-year-old Robert Alex Corchado surrendered Thursday at the county jail.

Police agencies across the state had been searching for Corchado since the Wednesday crash that killed a 4-year-old girl and injured 14 other people, most of them children.

The Florida Highway Patrol says Corchado slammed into a convertible, which then smashed into the KinderCare building north of Orlando.

Records show he's been arrested eight times since 2000, including in December when he was charged with leaving the scene of another crash.


News Release: CNN News Copy
Updated: April 10, 2014, 5pm

Winter Park, Florida (CNN) -- [Breaking news update, 4:45 p.m. ET]

Robert Corchado -- who police say fled the scene after his SUV hit a car, sending it into a Winter Park day care center, killing a 4-year -old girl -- turned himself into authorities Thursday, Florida Highway Patrol spokeswoman Maj. Cindy Williams said.


News Release: CBS News Copy
Updated: April 10, 2014, 5pm

WINTER PARK, Fla. -- The man with a long history of arrests whom authorities are seeking in a deadly car crash into a Florida day care center was the driver of the vehicle that fled the scene, the Florida Highway Patrol said early Thursday.

The agency had previously called 26-year-old Robert Alex Corchado a "person of interest" in the Wednesday afternoon crash. On Thursday, spokeswoman Wanda Diaz said in a statement that Corchado - who has been arrested eight times since 2000 - was driving a Dodge Durango that struck a Toyota Solaro convertible, which jumped a curb and smashed into the KinderCare building in the Orlando area. One girl died. Fourteen other people, mostly children, were injured. The convertible's driver wasn't injured.

Local television footage showed small children and infants in cribs being taken outside to the day care's playground. Several of the injured were carried out on stretchers.

Late Wednesday afternoon, parents could be seen waiting to pick up their children, and then clutching them in their arms as they were escorted to their vehicles by authorities.

Authorities said Wednesday that they were searching for Corchado, who they believed was heading to Orlando International Airport in an attempt to flee the area.

Investigators believe Corchado rented a black Mazda SUV, CBS Orlando affiliate WKMG-TV reports.

A man answered the phone for a number listed to Corchado and hung up when he was asked, "May I speak to Robert Corchado?"

Corchado's most recent arrest, in December, was 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. His defense attorney in that case, Jack Kaleita, didn't return a phone call or email after business hours.

Department of Corrections records show Corchado has served prison time for trafficking cocaine and extortion.

Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs called the crash an "absolute tragedy and disaster."

Diaz said a girl died at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, but she didn't have any more details. One person at the hospital was in critical condition and five others were in serious condition, said spokeswoman Katie Dagenais.

In all, 13 people were hospitalized, including the girl who died from her injuries, and two others were treated at the scene, authorities said. Eleven of the injured were children, said John Mulhall, a spokesman for the Orange County Fire Rescue.

Several of the injured at the KinderCare building in Winter Park were reported to be in "very, very serious condition," Diaz said.

The day care's website says the center provides childcare and learning opportunities for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old and has been in the community for more than 25 years.

Gov. Rick Scott released a statement saying, "As a grandfather of three young children, I can't imagine losing such a precious life at such a young age. Today's hit-and-run was an act of cowardice, and members of the Florida Highway Patrol are working closely with local law enforcement to bring those who caused this crash to justice."


Associated Press News Release

WINTER PARK, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities now say the man they're seeking in the investigation of a deadly car crash into a Florida day care center was the vehicle's driver.

The Florida Highway Patrol earlier had called 26-year-old Robert Alex Corchado a "person of interest" in the Wednesday afternoon crash. Early Thursday, spokeswoman Wanda Diaz said in a statement that Corchado was driving the Dodge Durango that struck a convertible, which jumped a curb and smashed into the KinderCare building.

One girl died. Fourteen others, mostly children, were injured.

Corchado is wanted on charges of leaving the scene of a crash involving a death and serious injuries. Officials believe Corchado was trying to flee Orlando.

He's been arrested eight times since 2000. In December, he was arrested on a charge of leaving the scene of a crash and drug charges.


News Release: Governor Rick Scott's Office

Governor Scott said, “The hearts and prayers of Ann and I go out to families in Winter Park who were impacted by today’s tragic events at Kindercare daycare center. This afternoon, I spoke with Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles Executive Director Julie Jones who notified me that of the victims, 11 young children were taken to area hospitals, and one has died. As a grandfather of three young children, I can’t imagine losing such a precious life at such a young age. Today’s hit-and-run was an act of cowardice, and members of the Florida Highway Patrol are working closely with local law enforcement to bring those who caused this crash to justice. We’ll continue to monitor the situation and provide any assistance that may be required by local authorities.”


News Release: Associated Press News
Updated: April 9, 2014, 6pm

By SUZETTE LABOY and MIKE SCHNEIDER

WINTER PARK, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say they have located the vehicle believed to be involved in a day care crash in Florida that injured 15 people, including a dozen children.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office reports Florida Highway Patrol troopers found a Silver Dodge Durango in Winter Park.

Earlier Wednesday authorities said a Durango had smashed into another vehicle that then struck the KinderCare building. The Durango then left the scene.

Orange County rescue says at least 12 children have been transported to Orlando area hospitals. Authorities say 50 children were in the building at the time.


News Release: Associated Press News

WINTER PARK, Fla. (AP) -- Twelve people are injured after a vehicle crashed into an Orlando-area day care center.

The Florida Highway Patrol reports some of the victims are in "very, very serious" condition. They include 11 children and one adult.

According to authorities, a silver or grayish Dodge Durango crashed into a vehicle that then struck the KinderCare building in Winter Park.

The Durango did not stay at the scene. The FHP is urging anyone who believes they have seen the vehicle to contact authorities.


News Release: CBS Orlando

WINTER PARK, Fla. -- As many as a dozen people, 11 of them children, were injured Wednesday afternoon when a car crashed into a day care in Orange County, officials said.

The crash happened around 3:05 p.m. at the KinderCare Learning Center at 4035 Goldenrod Road in Winter Park.

According to Orange County Fire Rescue, a silver, gray, or light blue Dodge Durango or pickup truck ran another vehicle off the road, causing the other car to crash into the day care. Officials are searching for the vehicle and its driver, who didn't stop after the crash.

FHP said victims were taken to five area hospitals and some of the injuries are very serious. Four children were taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital, officials said, but their conditions were unknown.

The day care was evacuated after the crash. Goldenrod Road was closed in the area near University Boulevard as the investigation continued.

Some parents arrived at the day care after learning of the crash and were trying to learn the whereabouts of their children. Orange County Fire Rescue said that parents are being reunited with children.

FHP said at a news conference that the Dodge Durango or pickup truck will be missing its front bumper. FHP also said that there were wheelchairs in the back of vehicle.

Contact authorities if you have any other information on the vehicle or the crash.

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