Driver Sentenced in Fatal Orlando Hit and Run Accident
A devastating hit-and-run accident caused a grandmother to grieve uncontrollably for her lost grandchild. According to media reports, Amy Greenman said she had been shot by a purse snatcher and her sister died in the 9/11 attacks. But nothing, she said, compares to the loss she felt after her 4-year-old granddaughter was killed.
On January 17th, a judge in Orlando sentenced Robert Corchado to 40 years in prison for the death of Lily Quintus and injuries to 11 other children. The sentencing took place after a jury convicted Corchado of trafficking heroin, leaving the scene of an accident with death, possession of cocaine with intent to sell or deliver, two counts of leaving the scene of an accident with injuries, possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to prosecutors, Corchado was driving a Dodge Durango on Goldenrod Road on April 9th. He rear-ended a Toyota Solara, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle. The Toyota Solara smashed into the Goldenrod Road KinderCare, where Lily was attending. The accident took place when the children were having their snacks. The car drove through the daycare and struck multiple children, causing what many described as a "war zone". At the sentencing, parents of children who survived the accident said the event permanently traumatized their children.
Corchado fled the scene after the accident but later turned himself into authorities when he realized the devastation that the accident caused. At the time of the accident, Corchado was free on bail after a drug arrest and fleeing the scene of a different accident.
Corchado admitted during the trial that he was delivering illegal drugs when the April 9th accident occurred, but said he didn’t realize that anyone was injured when he fled the scene of the accident. His attorney recommended a 30-year-sentence, saying his client did not mean to cause anyone harm and the young girl’s death was the result of a tragic accident.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a hit and run accident, contact the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A. immediately at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587) for a free initial consultation.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.