ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Two years ago, young Lily Quintus was killed when a car smashed through her daycare after being hit by another vehicle. Now, local leaders are responding with new ways to keep children safe, implementing rules that will apply to all new daycares in Orange County -- older daycares can get taxpayer cash to protect their buildings.
Daycares along roads where cars go faster than 30 miles an hour will need bollards, or concrete posts, or anything that can stop a car going 30 miles an hour from plowing into the daycare . That, of course, is exactly what happened at the Goldenrod Road KinderCare in Winter Park back in 2014. Four-year-old Quintas died there, and that tragic day weighed on the minds of all the Orange County commissioners and the mayor as they gave a unanimous vote for the new rules.
"I would like to make a motion for approval, and to have this ordinance memorialized in our code as the Lily Quintas Ordinance," said Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs.
The ordinance really has no teeth though, because it doesn't require any old daycare to install these barriers. The daycares would need professional engineering services and would be able to receive a grant for improvements.