2 of 5 Kids Pulled From Underwater Car Die

3 others in critical condition
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 22, 2013 12:13 PM CST
In this Thursday Nov. 21, 2013 photo investigators look at a car that veered off a suburban Minneapolis highway ramp and plunged into a storm water pond with five children, ages 1 to 7, aboard.   (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Elizabeth Flores, File)

(Newser) – Two children have died after they were trapped in a car that veered off a suburban Minneapolis highway ramp and became submerged in a storm water pond. Five children, ages 1 to 7, were pulled out of the car after it was towed from the water yesterday in St. Louis Park. The 23-year-old driver, who was also the mother of three of the children, escaped from the car and screamed for help. Passers-by tried to help, but the car was by then submerged in 8 to 9 feet of what a state patrolman described as "incredibly cold, nearly freezing-temperature water."

Rescuers pulled the first child from the car about 25 minutes after getting the call; by the time the last had been extracted, that child had been underwater for 45 minutes. Zenavia Rennie, 5, and Alarious Coleman-Guerrido, 7, died last night, according to authorities. The three other children, Amani Coleman-Guerrido, 5, Aliyana Rennie, 1, and Zarihana Rennie, 6, remained hospitalized in critical condition. The driver, Marion Guerrido, reportedly did not have a valid driver's license. Officials still aren't sure what caused the accident.

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