One dead, at least 14 hurt at Florida day care when SUV pushes car into building

Posted at 3:08 PM, Apr 09, 2014
By Steve Almasy and John Couwels


WINTER PARK, Florida (CNN) — [Breaking news update, 5:24 p.m. MST]

One child has died at a hospital after a car was knocked into a central Florida day care center by an SUV on Wednesday afternoon, Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Wanda Diaz told CNN.

[Original story, published 4:56 p.m. MST]

Central Florida authorities were looking Wednesday evening for a 26-year-old man after a Dodge Durango pushed a car into a day care center, leaving at least 15 people, most of them children, injured.

The driver of the Durango remained missing after the SUV was found about three hours later.

Florida Highway Patrol spokeswoman Sgt. Kim Monte said the agency was seeking to detain Robert Corchado, whom authorities believe was trying to flee the Orlando area.

John Mulhall, a spokesman for Orange County Fire Rescue, said 12 children and one adult were transported from the KinderCare in Winter Park to four nearby hospitals. Two other people were treated on scene, but Mulhall didn’t disclose whether they were children or adults.

Highway Patrol spokeswoman Trooper Wanda Diaz said the injuries in the 3 p.m. incident ranged from critical to minor. One child was pinned by the car.

The driver of the car that was pushed into the day care wasn’t injured.

“We are heartbroken that several of the children in our care and an adult were injured in an accident today,” KinderCare said in a written statement. “We are pulling for those who have been injured to quickly recover from this tragic accident.”

There were about 50 children in the day care at the time of the incident.

Monte said it was a telephone tip that helped locate the missing Durango. Police had interviewed another witness that indicated Corchado was trying to leave the area.

Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs earlier said the missing driver would be located.

“Together, we will find whoever is responsible for this, and those families need to know that this whole community is behind them,” she told reporters.

CNN’s Suzanne Presto and Carma Hassan contributed to this report.

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