Daycare Van Driver in Accident Had No License

A daycare driver is accused of running a red light and having no driver’s license after a morning rollover accident that sent more than a dozen children to the hospital, Grand Prairie, TX police said.

Karissa Acosta, of Arlington, was transporting 20 children in a 15-passenger van for Kids Clubhouse, a day care center in Grand Prairie, when the collision occurred near the Grand Prairie Municipal Airport. The 20-year-old driver will likely face additional charges, including allowing children to ride without seatbelts, police said. The van collided with a Chevrolet Tahoe traveling north on Great Southwest Parkway. After the collison, the 2001 Dodge van overturned and came to a stop on its left side. Thirteen children, ages 3 to 11, were taken to area hospitals for non-life threatening injuries, authorities said. Acosta and seven children were not injured. The Tahoe driver, Aracel Torres, 30, of Grand Prairie, and two young passengers, ages 2 and 4, were transported to the hospital with minor injuries. Torres also did not have a license and will likely face traffic charges.

The accident remains under investigation. Field trips are often an area where abuse/neglect can happen. Please talk to everyone at your daycare and make sure everyone involved in your child’s care is responsible. If you suspect foul play at your daycare, please fill out our form below.

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