HOUSTON—A day care employee police say ran a red light and crashed a van full of kids doesn’t have a valid driver’s license, according to records.
Concepcion Coronado and Alpha Kids Center owner Darryl Freeman are both charged with injury to a child. They appeared in court Wednesday morning.
Police said a pickup truck slammed into the day care van in the 10000 block of Gulf Bank Monday afternoon after Coronado ran a red light.
There were 16 kids and two adults on the van, and not enough seatbelts for all of the occupants, police said. The 16 kids were taken to the hospital, but they were all expected to recover.
Freeman and Coronado were arrested after the crash, but Freeman has since bonded out.
Coronado was still behind bars on an immigration hold Wednesday.
Officials with the Department of Family and Protective Services launched an investigation into the Alpha Kids Center and the van they were using Tuesday.
Police said there were not enough seatbelts in the van for the children at the time of the crash.
Still, not all of the parents KHOU 11 News spoke to outside Alpha Kids seemed to be concerned.
"The people who work here are amazing. The people that take care of them are amazing. The owner is amazing. They’re just a really great day care, you know," one parent, who did not identify herself, said.