Curtis Sawyer, whose 1- and 2-year-old children attend the day care, said he rushed to the area after receiving a phone call about the accident.
“It was shocking to me,” said Sawyer, 33, as he held the older child in his arms. “I’m just glad my kids are safe, and I’m sorry for the kids that got hurt. My heart and prayers go out to their families.”
Sharon Washington said she was feeling “very relieved” as she walked up to the center to visit with staff. Three of her grandchildren — ages 5, 8 and 1 — attend the center but were staying with her when the accident happened.
“We were lucky we weren’t in the day care,” said her 8-year-old grandchild, Timmisha Washington. “They ran over me and my brother’s classroom. We lucky. We lucky.”