The ex-convict wanted for a hit-and-run crash Wednesday that killed a 4-year-old girl in an Orlando-area day care center and injured 14 others surrendered Thursday afternoon, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
Robert Corchado, 28, of Winter Park, turned himself in at the Orange County jail about 4:15 p.m., Major Cindy Williams said at a news conference. He was booked for leaving the scene of a fatal accident. Bond was set at $100,000.
Corchado had been sought for allegedly forcing a car off the road Wednesday afternoon and causing it to crash into the Goldenrod Road KinderCare Learning Center, killing Lily Quintus and injuring 11 other children and three adults.
Following a tip from a neighbor, his Dodge Durango was found abandoned two hours later in Winter Park, about a mile from his family's home. He then rented a Mazda SUV and drove off, the Highway Patrol said.
At the time of the crash, Corchado was out on bail for drug and hit-and-run charges from December. In 2012, he was released from prison after serving three years for cocaine trafficking. Since 2000, records sows, he has been arrested eight times.
Earlier Thursday, Williams said that Corchado has ties to the Latin Kings gang and that members may have helped hide him.
"Those are the people who need to come forward and help us. If we find an accessory, we will prosecute you," she said.
A longtime friend of Corchado's told WFTV-TV that he has children as young as those injured Wednesday. Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children said one remained in critical condition, two were listed as serious and one each in good or fair condition. Two others were discharged.
Corchado's family members declined to speak to a WFTV reporter who knocked on their door.
In an early afternoon interview, Nicole Quintus, Lily's mother, pleaded with Corchado to surrender.
"Come forward," she told the Associated Press, weeping. "Families are emotionally destroyed because of what he did."
She said her daughter was sitting at a table waiting for her afternoon snack when the Toyoto Solara reportedly struck by Corchado's SUV crashed into the day care center. About 50 children and adults were insude.
"One minute everything was normal and the next there was an explosion and smoke and screams," she said. "She was beautiful and passionate and innocent, and she deserved so much more."
Quintus said her 7-year-old son, whom she described as an aspiring engineer, wants to design a time machine to his sister back.