Hit-run crash injures 12 kids in day care center

A hit-and-run driver sent another vehicle crashing into a day care center in Orlando on Wednesday, injuring a dozen children and three adults, authorities said.

Florida Highway Patrol spokeswoman Sgt. Wanda Diaz described some injuries as "very, very serious," the Orlando Sentinel reported. One child was pinned by the car that veered into the KinderCare Learning Center, which serves infants as young as 6 weeks old.

Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children reported one death and one patient in critical condition, the paper said. Five others were listed in serious condition and one was discharged.

More than 50 children were inside at the facility at the time of the crash.

The Orange County Fire Rescue reported that 13 of the injured — 11 of them children — were taken to four area hospitals and that two were treated at the scene.

Witnesses reported that a silver Dodge Durango hit another car about 3:10 p.m. and fled, Diaz said. The SUV was found about 5:20 p.m. in nearby Winter Park and a "person of interest" was being sought.

Highway Patrol Maj. Cindy Williams identified the individual as Robert Alex Corchado, WESH-TV reported, adding that unidentified law enforcement officials said he might be at Orlando International Airport trying to leave.


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