Abandoned SUV found later as police seek ex-con who forced second vehicle off road and into facility.
Police are seeking an ex-con with a long history of arrests in the crash that killed one child and injured 11 others at a day care center in the Orlando area on Wednesday.
Florida Highway Patrol spokeswoman Wanda Diaz said in a statement Thursday that 26-year-old Robert Alex Corchado — who has been arrested eight times since 2000 — was driving a Dodge Durango that struck a Toyota Solaro convertible, which jumped a curb and smashed into the KinderCare building, the Associated Press reported.
Three adults were also hurt in the crash. The driver of the Solaro was not hurt.
The Highway Patrol on Wednesday described Corchado as "dangerous." He served time for cocaine trafficking and is out on bail for December charges involving drugs and hit-and-run.
Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children reported Wednesday evening that a young girl had died. Her name and age were not immediately released.
Another patient was listed in critical condition and five were listed in serious condition.
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.
More than 50 children and adults were inside 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.
Corchado's SUV was found about 5:20 p.m. at a home in nearby Winter Park and authorities put out an alert for Corchado, said Highway Patrol Maj. Cindy Williams. He reportedly was spotted at Orlando International Airport, and his photo was circulated among car-rental agencies.
The Highway Patrol initially reported that Corchado had rented a car at the airport but later said he rented a Mazda CSX1 -- with Florida tag CHRQ41 -- from an Enterprise outlet in Winter Park.
Prison records cited by the Sentinel, WESH and WKMG-TV show Corchado was released in 2012 after nearly three years in prison for cocaine trafficking. He was awaiting court action over his December arrest in Seminole County on charges of possession of heroin, cocaine, marijuana and other controlled substances, plus careless driving, hit-and-run and leaving the scene of a crash with damage to property.