Thursday, April 10th, 2014
A day care center near Orlando, Florida became a tragic crime scene Wednesday when a man driving an SUV forced another car off the road and crashing into the childcare building. One girl died of her injuries, and 14 others were wounded. The driver of the SUV, who has been identified as Robert Corchado, allegedly fled the scene and is at large and subject to an arrest warrant. More from CNN:
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Corchado’s Dodge Durango was found abandoned three hours after the crash.
Highway Patrol spokeswoman Sgt. Kim Monte said authorities believe Corchado, 28, was trying to flee the Orlando area.
Corchado allegedly rented another vehicle from a Winter Park car rental company on Wednesday evening, CNN affiliate WESH reported, citing law enforcement officials.
Earlier, officials told CNN they had a tip that he was at Orlando International Airport.
Twelve children and one adult were taken to four nearby hospitals, said John Mulhall, a spokesman for Orange County Fire Rescue. Two other people were treated at the scene, but Mulhall didn’t disclose whether they were children or adults.
Diaz earlier said the injuries in the 3 p.m. incident ranged from critical to minor. One child was pinned by the car, a Toyota Camry Solara convertible.
“It was tragic,” Jeezy Jenkins told CNN affiliate WKMG. He was working on a nearby roof when the accident happened.
“It was just kids on the ground and there was teachers giving CPR. It was horrible. I’ve never seen nothing like that before, and I hope I never have to see something like that again.”
The driver of the car that was forced into the day care center wasn’t injured. He waited at the scene as workers loaded his car onto a tow truck.
“We are heartbroken that several of the children in our care and an adult were injured in an accident today,” KinderCare said in a prepared statement. “We are pulling for those who have been injured to quickly recover from this tragic accident.”