Girl injured in holding pond crash on the road to recovery

Last November, an unlicensed driver veered off an entrance ramp and plunged into a 6-foot deep holding pond in St. Louis Park. The crash killed two of the five small children in the car.

One of the survivors was underwater for several minutes. No one knows for sure how long 6-year-old Zarihana Rennie was submerged and trapped in the car, but she survived and will soon be leaving the hospital. You’ll be amazed by her progress.

I sat down with Zarihana’s mother, Shaniece Thompson, who is making sure her little girl gets better soon, while still mourning the loss of her 5-year-old daughter Zen’Avia, who was killed in the crash.

The driver behind the wheel that day, Marion Guerrido, was unlicensed. KARE 11 and MPR News found that there are more unlicensed or invalid drivers on Minnesota roads that you might think. We’ve spent weeks looking into this issue. Stay tuned for the story, which will air Feb. 4 on KARE 11, and Feb. 5 on MPR News.