Driver in fatal pond crash did not have a valid driver’s license
ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. -- The driver of a car that crashed into a Twin Cities pond, killing two children and hospitalizing three others, did not have a valid driver’s license, authorities said Friday.
Marion Guerrido, 23, of Brooklyn Center, who escaped the crash without injury had a drivers permit but did not have a licensed driver with her, the Minnesota State Patrol said. According to Minnesota State law, anyone driving with a driver’s permit must be accompanied by a licensed driver.
Two of five children pulled from the car Thursday morning have died, the patrol reported.
The patrol said Zenavia Rennie, 5, and Alarious Coleman-Guerrido, 7, both of Brooklyn Center, died Thursday.
Zenavia was the stepdaughter and Alarious was the son of the driver.
The other three children -- Aliyana Rennie, 1, Zarihana Rennie, 6, and Amani Coleman-Guerrido, 5, all of Brooklyn Center -- were listed as having serious injuries on the patrol’s website Friday morning.
The children, trapped for up to 45 minutes, were taken to Hennepin County Medical Center and Children’s Amplatz Hospital in Minneapolis.
Zarihana is Guerrido’s stepchild, and the two others are her biological children.
A 1998 Grand Am driven by Guerrido went into the pond shortly after 6 a.m. at Minnesota Highway 7 and Minnesota Highway 100, the patrol reported. Road conditions were reportedly wet but not icy in this western Twin Cities suburb.
The car had been westbound on Highway 7 and exited to go north on Highway 100 when it drove into the pond.