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Driver in Deadly Day Care Crash Still At Large

The driver who caused a deadly, chain-reaction car crash into a Florida day care center remained at large Thursday.

Florida Highway Patrol said Robert Alex Corchado, 28, was behind the wheel of the Dodge Durango that slammed into another car Wednesday, pushing it into a day care center in Winter Park.

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

An arrest warrant was issued for Corchado early Thursday. The agency had previously called Corchado a "person of interest" in the Wednesday afternoon crash.

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.

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

Corchado fled the scene on foot and later rented a car from an Enterprise outlet in Winter Park, near Orlando.

Enterprise officials sent an email to employees at 5:36 p.m. Wednesday with Corchado's description and alerting them not to rent a car to him. By then, Corchado had already rented a Mazda SUV.

Image: A reward is being offered for information inconnection to Robert Corachado, a suspect in a hit-and-run crash at a daycare in Orlando, Fla.
A reward is being offered for information in connection to Robert Corachado, a suspect in a hit-and-run crash at a daycare in Orlando, Fla. Crimeline

Officials said the 4-year-old girl, identified by police as Lily Quintus, died at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. One person at the hospital was in critical condition and three others were in serious condition, according to an update from the hospital Thursday morning.

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.

— Patrick Garrity

The Associated Press contributed to this report.