Marion Guerrido won't face felony charges for fatal pond crash

Categories: Law, Tragedy
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Guerrido (left) had five kids in her car at the time; five-year-old Zenavia (center) and seven-year-old Alarious (right) died.
Hennepin County officials have announced Marion Guerrido won't face felony charges in connection with a November 21 crash that left the vehicle she was driving submerged in a St. Louis Park retention pond and resulted in the death of two young children.

Guerrido didn't have a driver's license at the time, but a statement from the Hennepin County Attorney's Office says, "The accident reconstruction, tests and interviews with Guerrido indicate she was not speeding, did not have drugs or alcohol in her system and had not been on her cell phone."

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"Instead, she seems to have overcorrected and spun out and left the road," the statement continues.

"This is a horrible, horrible tragedy and there is nothing the criminal justice system can or should do about it," Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman says.

Chuck Laszewski, media coordinator for Freeman's office, told us it's up to St. Louis Park authorities to decide whether Guerrido will face charges for driving without a license.

"We only deal with the felony side of things," Laszewski says, adding that Guerrido merely had a learner's permit at the time of the crash.

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ashley.paguyo
ashley.paguyo

The comments on this post are horrific - a few of you have no facts or founded information, just flagrant desires to cast stones and see justice for made-up accusations. Immigration? Where'd you get that colorful theory? Her last name? That's ignorant and racist. 


"These" people. Pff. I thumb my nose at you, sir. What category of awful, faceless people shall we lump you in with, @Truth_Teller_1?


Thanks, City Pages, for following up on this story. I've been wondering about this family and my heart still feels pangs when I think about their loss. 

Bec Salmonson
Bec Salmonson

I agree with Meredith. She best be charged with something. Driving without a license...child endangerment...something.

Heather Ann Wilmes
Heather Ann Wilmes

Do people even bother to read the article or do they just see she wasn't charged. She isn't being charged with a felony. Does not mean she isn't being charged. She lost her children too.

Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

So Amy Senser accidently hits a cook, who is trying to put gas in a car, in a construction zone, where the highway lights are not working, at night, while it is raining.   And this woman is dragged through the courts and get's a couple of years.  At least she had insurance, and the family got some compensation.

Guerrido did not have a valid DL, probably no insurance, probably not a citizen, Violated the law with 5 kids in the car - I doubt her car could hold more than 3 car seats.   She gets no time?  How about involuntary manslaughter?  Negligence?

Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

What about the other 3 kids who drowned, but were resuscitated?  What is their current condition?

Is she here legally? 

Meredith Black
Meredith Black

Why was there no child endangerment charge? There is no way 5 kids were properly restrained in a Pontiac sedan. That alone should be enough for jail time. Not to mention the driving without a valid license. It amazes me what people are able to get away with.

Nathan Conley
Nathan Conley

Faith in humanity restored. Thanks prosecutor.

Danielle Daul Richter
Danielle Daul Richter

That's good the families have been through enough. It was unintentional and she lost a child too. The cities need to invest in guardrails. This isn't the only pond accident where people have died. There are some seriously danger ponds near on and off ramps all over the cities.

Kayla Corin
Kayla Corin

Damn, she still should be charged with manslaughter for leaving those kids in the lake .... Dumb bitch

_Joe_
_Joe_

@Truth_Teller_1  

Well, there was that whole thing about sitting on the evidence for *days* before coming forward, initially trying to throw her daughter under the bus, and ... oh yeah: Probably being wasted.

Then they hired a skeezeball lawyer that tried to smear the reputation of the victim publicly by suggesting and hinting at all sorts of nefarious things.  None of which were true, which is why they could only suggest.  All to try and garner some sympathy for the poor poor drunk cheating housewife.  


Too bad she didn't think of claiming "affluenza."

You're right though... aside from all those things, this is exactly the same.

colemanlpg
colemanlpg

@Truth_Teller_1 What does her immigration status have to do with anything, and why is it any of your business?


Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

I doubt you could put more than 3 car seats in that Pontiac.

Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

@colemanlpg:  If she's an illegal - ship her back.   It's my business cause we wind up supporting these people with our tax dollars.

I wonder how much the medical treatment has cost us for the 3 children that are still recovering?   I'd venture a guess of at least $500,000

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