Troopers, deputies search home where day care crash suspect allegedly ditched car

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WINTER PARK, Fla. —

State troopers and Seminole County deputies spent much of Wednesday night at a home in Winter Park where they served two search warrants in connection to the fatal day care crash in Orange County.

It’s the home on North Orange Avenue where investigators said the hit-and-run suspect, Robert Corchado, ditched his SUV.

State troopers and drug agents in undercover gear surrounded the home in full force.

“It was very calm. The gentlemen opened the door, and at that point, we secured all the individuals inside the house and did our cursory search of the residence,” said Lt. Timothy Freebern with the Florida Highway Patrol.

Officers hoped to find any evidence related to the April 9 crash, when they said Corchado forced another car off Goldenrod Road and sent it barreling into the KinderCare center, before he left the scene.

Officers said it’s still unknown whether there was anything inside the home vital to the case.

The second search warrant arrived around 7:45 p.m., which gave them full access to the home.

They also searched a car in the driveway.

A man at the home was arrested on misdemeanor drug possession charges.

Neighbors said the residents in the home tend to cause trouble.

“I don’t know what they were doing all this time, but I just assumed they took them all to jail,” said George Norris.

WFTV learned Corchado is a friend of the homeowner, and that’s why he ended up at the house after the crash.

Lily Quintus, 4, was killed in the crash and more than a dozen other people were hurt inside the day care.