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Orlando Police Launch Manhunt to Arrest Suspect Behind Daycare Tragedy

Parents and onlookers stand behind police tape after a vehicle crashed into a child care center in Winter Park
Stephen M. Dowell—Orlando Sentinel/Reuters Parents and onlookers stand behind police tape after a vehicle crashed into a child care center in Winter Park, Florida April 9, 2014.

Authorities are looking for Robert Corchado, 28, identified by police as the suspected driver in a hit-and-run at a daycare center that sent another vehicle barreling into a KinderCare on Wednesday, killing one child and injuring 14 others

Updated at 1:25 a.m. ET

Orlando police launched a manhunt on Wednesday evening to track down a man authorities claim instigated the car crash that sent another automobile barreling into a daycare facility full of children, leaving one four-year-old girl dead and 14 others injured.

Police identified Robert Corchado, 28, as the suspected driver of the Dodge Durango that slammed into another car that was sent careening into a KinderCare center on Wednesday afternoon.

While Corchado later ditched the Durango, authorities confirmed that the suspect then rented a small, black Mazda SUV from an Enterprise in Winter Park and is believed to be attempting to flee Orlando.

Local broadcaster WFTV reported that Corchado was cited for carless driving just last week and has served two stints in prison in the past.

Little news has surfaced about the condition of those hurt during the incident; however, authorities insisted that several people were severely injured.

A law enforcement spokesperson said some of the injured were in “very, very serious condition,” the Associated Press reports. The agency reported that 13 were hospitalized and two others were treated at the scene.

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