Nov 22 Two children died and three others
remained in critical condition on Friday after the car they were
riding in slid into a near-freezing pond in suburban
Minneapolis, a family attorney said.
Alarious Coleman-Guerrido, 7, and Zenavia Rennie, 5, died on
Thursday after their family's vehicle veered off a rain-slicked
highway ramp and plunged into the pond in St. Louis Park, said
Minneapolis attorney Rick Petry, who was representing the
Three other young passengers, ages 1, 5 and 6, were in
critical condition on Friday at area hospitals, Petry said.
The children's mother and stepmother, 23-year-old Marion
Guerrido of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, was driving the car and
escaped uninjured, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
Guerrido was taking the children to drop them off at her
mother's house before heading to work when the crash happened an
hour before sunrise, Petry said. Her husband was also on his way
to work at the time.
"They are just like the typical American family," the
attorney said. "They were starting their day."
The children were unresponsive after being pulled from the
1998 Pontiac Grand Am, which slid 40 feet (12 meters) down an
embankment into a retention pond, said Jamie Zwilling, spokesman
for St. Louis Park, a suburb west of Minneapolis.
They were rescued half an hour after the car went into the
water, which was nine feet (2.7 meters) deep where the car sank,
Witnesses said they heard Guerrido calling for help and saw
her standing knee deep in the water. Initial attempts to rescue
the children were unsuccessful, Minnesota State Patrol spokesman
Eric Roeske said.
Police were investigating what caused the car to go off the
ramp, which does not have guardrails, and whether the children
were in seat belts or car seats, Roeske said.
The three other children were identified as one-year-old
Aliyana Rennie, Zarihana Rennie, 6, and Amani Coleman-Guerrido,
5, all of Brooklyn Center, according to the state patrol
(Reporting by Karen Brooks; Editing by Colleen Jenkins and