Support for day care crash victims pour in

By Erica Rakow, Reporter, erakow@wkmg.com
Published On: Apr 13 2014 12:08:19 AM EDT
Updated On: Apr 13 2014 11:58:22 AM EDT
ORLANDO, Fla. -

Support from across the nation continues to pour in days after a car crashed through a Kindercare day care center in Winter Park, killing one child and injuring 11.

Parents brought their children to the day care center Saturday night to pray and place balloons at the site of the crash.

Judith Cardona visited the memorial with her 18-year-old son, who went to the Kindercare 16 years ago.

"It kind of brings back memories, sad ones. So it just breaks my heart to see the memorial and to think that could've been my son, because he used to be in that same classroom that's in front of the building," said Cardona, while hugging her son.

Orange County Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Holton was among the dozens who went by the day care Saturday evening. Holton was on duty Wednesday afternoon, coordinating about 35 firefighters as they tried to rescue the injured children. Holton said he wanted to return to the scene because he hasn't been able to stop thinking about it.

Teachers at the Kindercare spent Saturday afternoon moving things out of their classrooms. They'll be teaching at other daycares while repairs are made to the Winter Park facility. Kindercare administrators had planned to hold a news conference Saturday but cancelled it to give their employees and families more time to heal.

Barry University law student Kelly Mitchell started an online petition Friday night to keep an accident like this from happening again. Mitchell is asking people to sign the petition on change.org in support of "Lily's Law", which is legislation that would put stronger infrastructure around day care centers on busy roads.

"There should be a higher standard for day cares, at least at the minimum the same as public schooling systems," said Mitchell.

Online donation pages for some of the children involved in the crash have also been set up on gofundme.com. A page for Lily Quintus' family, the 4-year-old who died, has raised more than $72,000.

June DeCalzada, 3, is still in critical condition at Arnold Palmer Hospital. Her mother, Maria Diaz, spoke with Local 6 Saturday evening.

"June is doing better as each day passes," Diaz said. "We would like to ask that everyone please continue praying and wishing her well. It's what keeps us going daily." Click here to donate to June's fund.

A third gofundme.com page was created by Megan Bish, who said her son, Kaleb, was seriously injured in the crash. Click here to donate to Kaleb's fund.

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