A day after a car crashed into a day care center in Winter Park after being struck by an SUV, the alleged SUV driver turned himself in to authorities. The man is accused of fleeing the scene of the April 9 crash, which left a 4-year-old girl dead and over a dozen other children and an adult injured at the KinderCare facility.
The 28-year-old man was charged with leaving the scene of an accident "with death." Authorities say that he abandoned his Dodge Durango after the crash and then rented another SUV. The Durango was located by law enforcement within hours after the crash, which occurred around 3 p.m. A Florida Highway Patrol spokesman said that a telephone tip led them to the vehicle. She also said that the man already had been arrested multiple times on drug charges and also had gang affiliations. His bond is $100,000.
The driver whose car was pushed into the KinderCare, where 50 children were present, stayed at the scene. He was reportedly not injured, but his car had to be towed away.
Most of the victims were released fairly shortly from the various local hospitals where they were taken for long. Others remained hospitalized in conditions ranging from good to critical. The little girl who died succumbed to her injuries at the hospital.
The father of the dead child is a paramedic who works for the Groveland Fire Department. His colleagues have already set up a GoFundMe.com page to help the family cover medical expenses and funeral costs for the little girl. The page, which listed a donation goal of $10,000, had raised over $74,000 by the Saturday following the crash.
In addition to the obvious pain and suffering caused by an auto accident, victims and families of those hurt or killed by a reckless driver face serious financial burdens, particularly for medical care. Personal injury attorneys can help these families pursue civil cases against at-fault drivers to help ease those financial burdens as they put their lives back together.
Source: CNN, "Florida day care center crash: Suspect surrenders to authorities" Ed Payne, Steve Almasy and John Couwels, Apr. 10, 2014