Last October, Mexican-born Cynthia Garcia-Cisneros, 19, ran over a pile of leaves in her SUV, killing two young children hidden under the pile.
The playing children were stepsisters Anna Dieter-Eckerdt, 6 and Abigail Robinson, 11. The two were invisible to Garcia-Cisneros as she drove her SUV unsuspectingly down the residential street on that fateful fall day.
Following the incident, Garcia-Cisneros did not stop to find out what, or whom, she had run over.
The Daily Mail reports, "Minutes after Garcia-Cisneros drove through the leaves on her way home, her brother returned to the scene and saw a man standing over the pile, screaming. The man spoke to him briefly. The boy went home and told his sister she might have hit two children."
She was arrested the following day and held in an immigration detention center in Tacoma, Washington until last week, when the immigration judge presiding over her case dropped the charges.
While her case was dropped in immigration court, which means Garcia-Cisneros will not face the possibility of deportation, the 19 year-old immigrant was found guilty of two counts of felony hit and run.
Garcia-Cisneros is currently serving three years' probation and 250 hours of community service for her crimes.
During the sentencing hearing, Cynthia Garcia-Cisneros told the parents of the two young girls she killed, Susan Dieter-Robinson and Tom Robinson, that she deeply regretted her actions. The couple graciously accepted her apology and offered their forgiveness.
The Daily Mail explains, "Garcia-Cisneros was brought to the U.S. from Mexico as a 4-year-old. She has temporary permission to be in the country legally under the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, meaning she has a work permit, a driver's license and a Social Security number."