NEW INFORMATION: Attorney: 2 kids in Minn. pond crash improving


The car was under water for up to 45 minutes.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A family spokesman says two of the children rescued from a pond after a car veered off a suburban Minneapolis highway ramp are improving.

Attorney Rick Petry said Friday the two are now responding to health workers' commands. He calls that "a huge improvement."

Petry says a third child remains in stable but critical condition.

They were among five children, ages 1 to 7, who were trapped in the car after it plunged into 9 feet of water. Authorities confirm two of the children died.

Petry says the 23-year-old woman driving the car was taking the children to her mother's to finish getting them ready for school when the accident happened.

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The Minnesota State Patrol says the mother driving a car in which five children became trapped under water did not have a valid driver's license.

Marion Guerrido's car left a ramp at Highways 100 and 7 Thursday morning, traveled down a slope and into a storm water pond. Guerrido made it out of the car. The children did not. Two of the children have died, three remain hospitalized.

The State Patrol says Guerrido had a driver's permit, but no license. Her permit is considered invalid because she did not have a licensed driver with her.

The State Patrol says the investigation will likely take several weeks.

Meanwhile, the Minnesota Department of Transportation's list of 2014 construction projects includes the interchange near where the accident occurred.
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St. Louis Park, MN (WEAU) – It’s a story we've been following all morning, two children are dead after five kids were reported to be stuck inside of a car after it went off a highway ramp into a deep pond in Minnesota early Thursday.

Right now, three are being hospitalized in critical condition at Hennepin County Medical Center. Our NBC affiliate Kare 11 confirmed with a family member that 5 year old, Zenavia Rennie and Aalarious Coleman-Guerrido, age 7 died.

The driver, 23-year old Marion Guerrido, is the mother of three children. That includes 1 year old Aliyana Rennie, 5 year old Amani Coleman-Guerrido and Alarious.

Earlier, police announced that Zenavia and her 6-year-old sister Zarihana Rennie are reportedly Marion's boyfriend's kids.

Reconstruction analysts are trying to determine how and why this happened.

We'll continue to update you on this story as more information becomes available.
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ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. (AP) -- The Minnesota State Patrol says one of five children rescued after being trapped in a submerged car in suburban Minneapolis has died.

The patrol announced on its website that 5-year-old Zenavia C. Rennie of Brooklyn Center died Thursday. She was one of five children rescued earlier in the day from a car that veered off a highway ramp and into a frigid pond.

The car was under water for up to 45 minutes.

St. Louis Park city spokesman Jamie Zwilling said the children were unconscious and unresponsive when pulled from the vehicle.

The driver of the car was the mother of some of the children and stepmother to the others. She made it out on her own. One witness described seeing her in the pond, screaming for help.

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We now know the name of the woman driving the car that went off a highway ramp and into a pond, sending 5 kids to the bottom stuck inside.

Sources say the woman has been identified as Marion Guerrido, 23.

They say she is the mother of three of the children. Sources say the two other children are her boyfriend's kids.

Guerrido's kids have been identified as Aliyana Rennie, 1, Amani Coleman-Guerrido, 5, and Alarious Coleman-Querrido, 7.

The other two children were identified as Zenavia Rennie, 5, and Zarihana Rennie, 6.

There have been no updates on their conditions.

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Rescuers worked frantically to free five children trapped in a submerged car in suburban Minneapolis after it went off a highway ramp and into a frigid pond.

The car was under water for up to 45 minutes after Thursday's crash. The children were unconscious and unresponsive when pulled from the vehicle. Their condition's weren't available late rin the day.

Rescuers smashed windows to get inside the car even as a tow truck winched it out.

Officials didn't provide details on how the children were able to survive or whether the car had filled up with water before rescuers got to them.

The car's driver was the children's mother and stepmother. She made it out on her own. One witness described seeing her in the pond, screaming for help.
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ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. (AP) --Authorities have released the names of six people who were in a car that went off a highway ramp in suburban Minneapolis and landed in a nearby holding pond, trapping five children underwater for up to 45 minutes.

The Minnesota State Patrol identifies the driver as 23-year-old Marion Guerrido, of Brooklyn Center. She was not seriously injured.

But the Patrol says the five children were seriously injured. They're identified as 1-year-old Aliyana E. Rennie, 5-year-old Zenavia C. Rennie, 6-year-old Zarihana M. Rennie, 5-year-old Amani N. Coleman-Guerrido and 7-year-old Alarious M. Coleman-Guerrido. All are from Brooklyn Center.

They're hospitalized at Hennepin County Medical Center and the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital in Minneapolis. Their conditions have not yet been released.
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ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. (AP) -- Authorities say a car veered off a rain-slicked highway ramp in suburban Minneapolis, landing in a nearby holding pond and trapping five children underwater for several minutes until a tow truck could pull it out.

The conditions of the children haven't been released, although a St. Louis Park city spokeswoman says said they were unresponsive when they were pulled from the car Thursday morning.

State Patrol spokesman Lt. Eric Roeske says the children -- ages 1, 5, 5, 6 and 7 -- were taken to Hennepin County Medical Center.

The 23-year-old driver made it out on her own as the car sank and was in stable condition.

Roeske says the driver's relationship to the children wasn't immediately known. Names have not been released.


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