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Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros Found Guilty On Two Counts Of Felony Hit-And-Run

| by Khier Casino

An Oregon woman who thought she was simply driving her SUV into a pile of leaves has been found guilty of a hit-and-run crash that killed two girls.

A Washington County jury unanimously found Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros, 19, guilty of two counts of felony charges, The Oregonian reports.

The 12 jurors deliberated for less than two hours before reaching a verdict. The next step of the trial is moving forward to the sentencing, which is scheduled for Jan. 31. Garcia-Cisneros faces 16 to 18 months in prison.

Stepsisters Anna Dieter-Eckerdt, 6, and Abby Robinson, 11, were playing in a pile of leaves on the road when Garcia-Cisneros drove through it, felt a bump and kept driving.

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Her boyfriend and brother were passengers in the car. Garcia-Cisneros' brother went back to the scene on his way to visit his girlfriend and saw a man standing near the pile. The man spoke with him briefly. The brother went home and told his sister she might have hit two kids.

Anna died at the scene, while Abigail was taken to a Portland hospital, where she died the next day.

Prosecutor Bracken McKey said the teen failed to perform the duties of the driver to stop at the scene when she learned what happened that evening. Defense attorney Ethan Levi argued the law does not say anything about the obligations of a driver, and said she was scared and in denial.

The victims' family issued the following statement:

"This verdict may bring some sense of closure to those looking in from the outside, but ultimately it does not bring our girls back. No one won today.  We did our best to teach our girls to be honest and learn from their mistakes. We have the same hope for Cinthya. We will continue to pray for Cinthya and her family."

KGW reports that Garcia-Cisneros has a hold pending from Immigration and Customs Enforcement. A spokesperson with ICE says that before the deportation process starts, standard procedure is for a person to serve his or her sentence.