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The battle to save three children who were stranded in a submerged car continues. The crash happened early Thursday morning at the intersection of State Highways 7 and 100.

The three children still hospitalized are 5-year-old Amani Coleman-Guerrido, Aliyana Rennie, 1, and Zarihana Rennie, 6.

The family's lawyer Rick Petry, said at a news conference Friday that Amani and Aliyana were doing a little better. He reported the two were responding to verbal commands, but that Zarihana remained in "very critical" condition, according to a report in the Star Tribune.

Petry added the family's primary focus is "to do everything they can to make sure the three kids survive this."

Two of the children were pronounced dead at the hospital on Thursday after being stranded in a vehicle that ended up in a retention pond near the intersection. Those two are identified as 5-year-old Zenavia C. Rennie and 7-year-old Alarious Coleman-Guerrido.

The driver, 23-year old Marion N. Guerrido, of Brooklyn Center, escaped the car on her own and was not hurt. The children though, remained stranded inside the car at the bottom of the holding pond for more than 20 minutes.

First responders gave a dramatic description of what they found when they arrived on the scene of the crash. Guerrido and a passerby were standing in the water screaming for help. They then learned there was a car underwater. The newspaper reports that a diver brought the children up one by one from the murky water. The diver was able to find the children in the car by feeling with his feet.

The retention pond is between 8 and 10 feet deep.

Guerrido has a permit, but not a valid Minnesota Driver's License, according to a report from Fox 9. Lt. Eric Roeske said her permit was invalid because she did not have a licensed driver in the car with her.

The accident wasn't the first at the intersection. WCCO reports that 18 crashes have been reported at the intersection from 2010-2012, including one last year when a car ended up in the same retention pond.

KARE 11 reports that a fund has been set up to help the family. Those who would like to contribute to the Coleman-Guerrido Rennie Children's Fund can do so by following this link.

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