- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 9, 2014

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A jury has returned multiple guilty verdicts against a Florida man accused of triggering a car crash that sent a vehicle spinning into a daycare center where a girl was killed and more than a dozen people were injured.

The Orlando jury Monday night convicted 29-year-old Robert Corchado of five felonies and two misdemeanors after deliberating for two hours. The charges included leaving the scene of an accident with death and injuries, as well as drug offenses. He will be sentenced in January.

Another driver, Albert Campbell, was in a Toyota Solara preparing to turn right into the private drive of a KinderCare in April when a Dodge Durango driven by Corchado rear-ended the car, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The impact propelled the Solara into the day care building. Campbell was not charged.

Earlier Monday, Corchado had testified he didn’t realize the seriousness of the accident when he left the scene. He told jurors he had thought the accident was “just a little bump.”

But prosecutor Linda Drane Burdick told jurors that Corchado’s actions after the crash were those of someone trying to cover up a crime. She said Corchado had called his mother, asking her to report the Durango as stolen.

In addition to the accident-related charges, Corchado was convicted of heroin trafficking and possession of cocaine.

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