The child was freed by Huntington Beach Police Officer Richard Wright and an off-duty firefighter, Tony Smith. Wright was the first officer to arrive on the scene.
The 4-year-old boy who was pinned under the vehicle and a 3-year-old female were both sent to UCI Medical Center after sustaining serious injuries. Both are listed in stable condition, police said.
A 2-year-old female with visible injuries was taken to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, where she is listed in stable condition, and a 4-year-old girl and a 5-year-old boy were transported to Orange Coast Medical Center with other visible injuries. Both have been released from the hospital.
There were 14 children and one teacher in the room at the time of the collision, police said.
Although police are still investigating, no charges have been filed against Moyes. Police say alcohol does not seem to have been involved in the accident.
For parent Erica Malson, who kept her two children home from the day care Thursday when they weren’t feeling well, the experience was like deja-vu.
“Ironically, a car went through their other day care, Kindercare in Irvine, last year,” she said.
When she recognized her son’s teacher on television, she walked over to the day care to see if she could be any help.
“Nobody wants to be called at work to find out that a car’s gone into their child care,” Malson said.
Malson described her initial reaction as “terror,” as the room the vehicle hit was used for the day care’s smallest children.
In the morning, all of the children sit together in the room before the older children are sent to their own classes, Malson said.
“It’s hard to explain to little kids like that that car accidents happen, and that some of their friends might be hurt,” Malson said. “I just feel terrible for the parents.”
Those who have witnessed the collision are asked to call Officer Bob Barr of the Traffic Bureau at (714) 536-5666.
Reporter CANDICE BAKER may be reached at (714) 966-4631 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Editor PAUL ANDERSON may be reached at (714) 966-4633 or at email@example.com.