An accident in Bradenton in April made statewide news when a 29-year-old man caused a car crash that sent a vehicle careening into a day care center. The crash led to the death of a young girl at the facility, and injuries to a dozen others. Now, that man, Robert Corchado, has been convicted on five felony counts and two misdemeanors, including charges of leaving the scene of an accident where there was death and injury, as well as several other drug sentences. He will return to court in January to hear his sentence.
During the accident, Albert Campbell was driving a Toyota Solara and preparing to make a right turn into the KinderCare facility’s private driveway. Corchado rear-ended the car at a high speed in his Dodge Durango, causing the Toyota to crash into the day care building. Campbell was not charged with any crime in the accident.
Corchado attempted to defend himself by saying he didn’t realize the serious nature of the accident when he left the scene, but witnesses indicated that Corchado had actually slowed down, then sped away when the Toyota hit the daycare center. Corchado was also in possession of cocaine at the time and admitted to having just made a sale, which led authorities to believe that his actions were those of a man attempting to escape the additional serious penalties that come with drug trafficking and possession.
When drivers engage in reckless behavior on the road and cause accidents, it is important to hold them responsible for their negligence. If you have lost a loved one due to this issue, speak with a Bradenton wrongful death attorney at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh.