Misdemeanor charges filed in fatal holding pond crash

MINNEAPOLIS - Misdemeanor charges have been filed against a woman who submerged her car in a holding pond just off a Twin Cities off-ramp, killing two children and injuring three others.

St. Louis Park City Attorney Michael Colich officially charged 23-year-old Marion Guerrido with driving without insurance, violating the requirements of her learner's permit and failing to use child safety restraints.

Guerrido was driving a 1998 Pontiac Grand Am early the morning of November 21, 2013, when the vehicle careened off the ramp leading from westbound Highway 7 onto northbound Highway 100 and into a frigid water retention pond. Guerrido was able to escape the vehicle but the children were not. Witnesses to the crash and first responders attempted to pull the young victims out but were unable to remove them until a tow truck pulled the car out.

In a criminal complaint filed Tuesday prosecutors say Guerrido wasn't speeding, using a cellphone or doing anything else that would have allowed them to charge her with a felony.

When questioned by police after the accident Guerrido admitted she did not have a valid drivers license or insurance.


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