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State Patrol: Driver in St. Louis Park pond crash had permit, but no license

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ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. (KMSP) -

The Minnesota State Patrol on Friday said the mother driving a car that crashed into a retention pond in St. Louis Park early Thursday morning did not have a valid driver's license.

Five children were trapped in the submerged car. Two of the children have died, and the other three were in critical condition Friday.

Lt. Eric Roeske said Marion Guerrido had a driver's permit, which was invalid because she did not have a licensed driver in the car with her.

THE CRASH

Guerrido, 23, lost control of her car on the ramp from westbound Highway 7 to northbound Highway 100 shortly after 6 a.m. Thursday. The Brooklyn Center woman escaped the car and screamed for help. Neighbors called 911 and rushed to her aid.

"You could barely make out the outline of somebody in the water," said Jeff Robertson, who called 911 from his second-floor balcony. "She was screaming, so I ran back in and grabbed my phone and called 911. I came back out here and shouted out to her that police were on the way. She stopped screaming at that point."

One man ran out of the apartment building, jumped a fence and entered the water to try to help. He was able to stand on top of the vehicle, but the water was still up to his neck.

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CHILDREN TRAPPED

The first child was pulled out of the car after 25 minutes, the last after 45 minutes, Minnesota State Patrol confirmed. The water temperature was near freezing at the time of the crash.

VICTIM CONDITIONS

- Marion Guerrido, 23: No apparent injury

- Aliyana Rennie, 1: Critical condition

- Zarihana Rennie, 6: Critical condition

- Zenavia Rennie, 5: Deceased

- Alarious Coleman-Guerrido, 7: Deceased

- Amani Coleman-Guerrido, 5: Critical condition

WHAT HAPPENED?

The State Patrol said there is no indication the crash was intentional and no alcohol was detected. Police are investigating whether wet roads played a role in the crash.

Lt. Roeske said the investigation into the crash will likely take several weeks to complete.

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