ICE: Day care van driver involved in crash is in the country illegally

ICE: Day care van driver involved in crash is in the country illegally

Concepcion Coronado (left) and Darryl Freeman (right)

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on July 12, 2012 at 3:59 PM

HOUSTON --  A day care employee police say ran a red light and crashed a van full of kids was driving without a valid license and is in the country illegally, according to records.

Concepcion Coronado was being held in the Harris County Jail Thursday, four days after the crash.

She and Alpha Kids Center owner Darryl Freeman have been charged with injury to a child.

Investigators say there were 16 children and two adults on the van, and not enough seatbelts to go around.

ICE officials on Thursday confirmed that Coronado was, in fact, in the U.S. illegally.

ICE said Coronado is a fugitive from Mexico who was ordered removed by a federal immigration judge in January of 1998.

Coronado and Freeman both appeared in court Wednesday, where it was revealed that Coronado did not have a valid license.

Police said Coronado was headed down Gulf Bank in the overloaded 15-passenger van when she ran a red light and was struck by a pickup truck Monday afternoon.

All 16 of the kids onboard the van were taken to the hospital, but none was injured seriously.

Coronado was ticketed at the scene, and later arrested, along with Freeman. Freeman has since posted bond.

The Department of Family and Protective Services launched an investigation into the Alpha Kids Center Tuesday.

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