Car Plows into Day Care Center; One Child Dead, Others Injured

Car Plows into Day Care Center; One Child Dead, Others Injured
Orange County Sheriff's deputy, mother and child after the crash
John Raoux/AP

04/09/2014 07:30PM

A car smashed into an Orlando-area day care Wednesday, killing one child and injuring at least 11 others, and officers have found the SUV that started the chain-reaction crash then left the scene.

A spokeswoman for Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children said she couldn't release any more information about the child who died, including the age and gender.

Several of the injured at the KinderCare building in Winter Park, Fla., were reported to be in "very, very serious condition," said highway patrol spokeswoman Wanda Diaz. The injured include 13 people taken to hospitals and two treated at the scene, according to Orange County Fire Rescue. At least two were adults.

Diaz said the car had gone out of control after it was struck by a Dodge Durango, jumped a curb and smashed into the day care, breaking through the wall and into the building. That driver was not hurt.

The Durango fled the scene, but was located almost two hours later after it had been left at a home. Highway patrol said it is looking for 26-year-old Robert Corchado. Troopers said he was the driver of the Durango, but wouldn't say how they established that. Troopers said Corchado may be trying to leave the area.

"Please keep a lookout and let us know if you see anything," said Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, who called the crash an "absolute tragedy and disaster."

Local television footage showed small children and infants in cribs taken outside on the day care's playground and several of the injured were carried out on stretchers.

Late Wednesday afternoon parents could be seen waiting to pick up their children, and then clutching them in their arms as they were escorted to their vehicles by authorities.

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