An 18-year-old woman who ran over and killed two young girls in Forest Grove, Oregon, Sunday evening deliberately drove her SUV through a pile of leaves in the street where the girls were playing. Upon learning she had run over two children, her boyfriend took the 2001 Nissan Pathfinder to a car wash.
The information comes from court records from the arrests of Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros and her male companion Mario Echeverria, also 18.
Garcia-Cisneros (pictured above) was arraigned yesterday on felony hit-and-run charges. Echeverria, who was a passenger in the SUV, was arraigned on a charge of hindering prosecution.
The young woman was driving her mother’s SUV at about 8:30 pm Sunday when she saw a pile of leaves on the side of the street, that spilled over into the road, and thought it would be a good idea to drive straight through it.
What she didn’t know is that six-year-old Anna Dieter-Eckerdt and her 11-year-old step-sister Abigail Robinson (pictured below) were lying in the pile of leaves, waiting for their dad, who’d been taking pictures of them playing in the leaf pile, to come back out of the house.
After initially denying the whole incident to police investigators, Garcia-Cisneros admitted that she drove through the leaf pile and heard “a loud bump when she drove over the leaves,” according to court records cited by the Oregonian newspaper.
While it is unclear exactly where they went next, at some point the couple returned to Garcia-Cisneros’s home just three blocks from the crash scene. Worried she had damaged her mother’s car, Garcia-Cisneros asked Echeverria to check it.
At the same time, her 17-year-old brother who had also been in the vehicle, returned to the accident scene. When he came back to the house he told his sister “that she had ‘run over’ a child,” the records say.
The brother is not facing charges. There has been no indication that anyone in the vehicle knew the two sisters were in the pile of leaves before the car drove through it.
Echeverria admitted to police that, the next day, he took the Pathfinder to Kaady Kar Wash in nearby Hillsboro “to wash the car, eliminate the evidence, in order to protect” Garcia-Cisneros, records say.