BY JEFF WEINER AND AMY PAVUK
Officials said a dozen children were injured — and one girl has since died — after a hit-and-run SUV crashed into a car, which then collided with an Orlando daycare center on Wednesday.
Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children confirmed the death about 6:45 p.m. Wednesday.
(The name and age of that victim had not been released by the Daytona Times’ deadline Wednesday night.)
Another patient was in critical condition, and another five were in serious condition, the hospital said. Patients were also taken to three other hospitals, according to officials.
Person of interest named
Meanwhile, authorities have found the sport utility vehicle in Winter Park, and named a person of interest: Robert Corchado, who corrections records indicate is 28 years old.
Records show Corchado was sentenced to three years in prison in 2010 on cocaine trafficking charges stemming from an arrest in May 2009. He was released in September 2012.
Corchado was arrested in December in Seminole County, records show, on charges of heroin and cocaine possession with intent to sell, as well as leaving the scene of a crash involving property damage.
He was released from jail on more than $10,000 bail. That case is still pending.
‘Variety of injuries’
The daycare business, which according to its websites offers services for children as young as six weeks, is at 4035 N. Goldenrod Road. The crash was reported about 3 p.m. Wednesday.
According to FHP spokeswoman Sgt. Wanda Diaz, the crash began as a hit-and-run. A Dodge Durango crashed into another vehicle, forcing it into the KinderCare and causing the injuries, she said.
Authorities later found the SUV at a home in Winter Park.
Orange County Fire Rescue said at least 15 people were hurt at the daycare, 13 of whom were taken to hospitals. Twelve were children. According to Fire Rescue spokesman John Mulhall, they were being treated for a “a variety of injuries, both severe and mild.”
Said Diaz: “Some are very, very serious.”
Officials said one child was pinned by the car.
Over 50 kids inside
Mulhall said the victims were taken to four hospitals. There were more than 50 children inside the building when the crash happened, Mulhall said, all of whom have been evacuated.
Joel Rosado, and Orlando roofer, told the Sentinel that he was working on the roof of a nearby gas station when he heard a loud screech, then saw the crash.
The Durango hit a small, dark-colored car, he said, which barreled into the daycare, driving well inside the building. The Durango then fled north, Rosado said.
The daycare facility one of 1,700 KinderCare Learning Centers operated in 39 states with about 40,000 employees by the Knowledge Learning Corporation based in Oregon.