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Winter Park day care crash suspect in custody

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Robert Corchado mug shot on Thursday, April 10 Robert Corchado mug shot on Thursday, April 10
Memorial outside day care center in Winter Park Memorial outside day care center in Winter Park

The man suspected of causing a deadly crash at a Winter Park day care is now in custody.

Florida Highway Patrol Investigators say 28-year-old Robert A. Corchado was allegedly driving a Dodge Durango on Wednesday when he hit a convertible which then crashed into a KinderCare day care. The crash killed a 4 year-old girl, Lily Quintus, and injured 14 others.

Investigators say Corchado drove away after the crash, and law enforcement pulled out all the stops to find him.

"I can tell you every electronic means that is able, every agency, every partner from FDLE to Federal Marshals are involved in the search," said Florida Highway Patrol spokesperson Cindy Williams.

Williams says that Corchado turned himself in at the Orange County Jail about 24 hours after the crash on Thursday.

On Wednesday, law enforcement says Corchado caused the crash into the day care building around 3 p.m., housing 50 children at the time. He fled the scene after the crash and reportedly drove to the Orlando International Airport where he rented a car and left. Arrest warrants were issued for Corchado for leaving the scene of a crash involving death and serious body injury.

Investigators say Corchado has a long criminal history, including gang activity. He was released from prison in 2012 after serving time for trafficking cocaine.

Outside the day care center, a memorial is growing.

"One of the girls that died is my daughter's best friend, so now I am trying to figure out how I am going to tell her why she isn't going to see her anymore," said upset parent Caroline Fernandez.

Josh Thomas contributed to this report.

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