Judge issues $100,000 bond for driver in fatal Winter Park day care crash
FHP investigates crash that killed 4-year-old Lily Quintus
ORLANDO, Fla. – A judge on Monday upheld a $100,000 bond for the man accused of causing a fatal crash at a Winter Park day care
If Robert Corchado, 28, posts bond, the judge said he would not be allowed to drive or leave Orange and Seminole counties.
The state had requested that Corchado's bond be raised to $250,000, saying he was a flight risk, while his attorney wanted the bond lowered to $7,500.
Corchado's initial bond was set at $100,000 after he was arrested on felony charges of fleeing the scene of a deadly crash and fleeing the scene of a crash causing injuries.
Four-year-old Lily Quintus was killed and 14 others were injured in the crash last week at the KinderCare Learning Center at 4035 Goldenrod Road.
At a hearing Monday, the state called the Florida Highway Patrol's lead investigator into the day care crash, and he said the agency received a Crimeline tip saying that Corchado had planned to travel to Miami before going to Puerto Rico and onto a country in South America.
The defense argued that Corchado, who's married with three children -- ages 5, 3 and 9 months -- turned himself in, has family in the area and would not leave the area.
"I do feel that the bond is set excessively high. The allegations of being a flight risk are totally unsubstantiated," said Corchado's lawyer, Daniel Tumarkin.
Over the weekend, the FHP found the Mazda SUV that Corchado rented after the deadly crash. It was found parked at the Wentworth Apartments off Dean Road after Corchado's lawyer told them where to find it.
Corchado, a convicted felon, turned himself in at the Orange County Jail on Thursday afternoon, putting an end to a manhunt that started when troopers say he left the scene of the crash the previous day.
At a Monday morning hearing, Tumarkin questioned the lead investigator on the case about the black box recorder on the vehicle of 61-year-old Albert Campbell, who Corchado struck, pushing Campbell's vehicle inside the day care.
"Did you have an opportunity to download the black box?" Tumarkin asked troopers, who said they have not.
FHP spokeswoman Kim Montes says the lead investigator on the case spent Monday packaging up evidence from Campbell's car to be sent to the state lab for processing and has not gotten the black box yet. A warrant to read the recorder is required, which is standard procedure in any traffic crash, Montes said.
Attorney Steve Kramer, who handles several accident cases, says the black box could be very telling of what happened in this crash.
Similar to black boxes on planes, 96 percent of new vehicles have one of these recorders. Kramer says the devices work differently depending on the make of the car but it could have the ability to tell troopers if Campbell's car accelerated or braked as the crash was happening.
"That black box recorder could show us the trajectory, what direction they were going, what the speed was and how did this vehicle lose control and plow into the KinderCare when they were a significant distance away from the KinderCare when the accident happened," said Kramer.
Maria Diaz says her daughter, 3-year-old June DeCalzada spent five hours in the operating room at Arnold Palmer Monday. She says she has started to feel angry about what her daughter is going through.
"It's not like she's here because she's sick from an illness, she's here because she's the victim of a crime," said Diaz.
Diaz says it is online comments, donations and prayers from the community that uplift her spirits daily. She says while the feeling of anger has come up, the kindness of the community following the crash has restored her faith in humanity.
The funeral for Lily is Tuesday. The Quintus family asked that her funeral arrangements be kept private and that only family and close friends attend.
KinderCare administrators say repairs on the building will begin this week and they are hoping to re-open their Winter Park facility as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, a Seminole County circuit judge on Friday revoked Corchado's bond in another case, stemming from a crash in December. If Corchado is released from Orange County jail, he will be transferred to Seminole County jail for charges related to his other case.
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