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Court docs: Driver who hit girls felt 'bump,' boyfriend had SUV washed

Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros, Mario Echeverria, booking photos Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros, Mario Echeverria, booking photos
Anna Dieter-Eckerdt, Abigail Robinson. Photo provided by family Anna Dieter-Eckerdt, Abigail Robinson. Photo provided by family
Vehicle involved in crash, per Forest Grove Police Dept. Vehicle involved in crash, per Forest Grove Police Dept.
Crash scene, Sunday night Crash scene, Sunday night

A man facing charges for the crash that killed two girls playing in leaves in Forest Grove had the SUV washed the following day to eliminate evidence, according to court documents.

Mario Echeverria told police that he took the 2001 Nissan Pathfinder to a Hillsboro car wash to protect his girlfriend, Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros.

Court documents state Garcia-Cisneros, 18, was driving the SUV owned by her boyfriend's mother when she crossed over into some leaves on the 1700 block of Main Street around 8:25 p.m. Sunday.

Abigail Robinson, 11, and her stepsister Anna Dieter-Eckerdt, 6, were playing in the leaves at the time. The 6-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene. Her older sister was rushed to the hospital and died the following night.

Police said their father had been taking photos of the girls, and they were hit when he went back inside the house to put the camera away.

According to court documents, Echeverria, 18, of Cornelius, initially denied having any knowledge of a motor-vehicle crash when contacted Monday by police. After a few minutes, however, he told police that Garcia-Cisneros had intentionally run over the large pile of leaves and that he heard a "bump" when she hit it.

Garcia-Cisneros confirmed to investigators that she meant to run over the leaves, after initially denying it as well, according to court documents.

She also described a "loud bump" that made her concerned about damage to the vehicle.

Police said when she arrived home, she told her boyfriend to see if the SUV was damaged.

Garcia-Cisneros told detectives that her 17-year-old brother was also in the car at the time. Court documents state he went to the crash scene, learned children had been hurt and returned home to tell his sister that she had "run over a child."

Garcia-Cisneros' brother is not facing charges in this case.

Police said between the time of the crash Sunday night and the time she was interviewed by detectives, Garcia-Cisneros "made no effort to contact the family of the victims, or law enforcement, in order to render aid or to provide required information after the crash."

Her home is just a few blocks from where the girls were hit, according to police. Detectives said during a press conference Tuesday night that a tip from the community led them to the suspects.

Garcia-Cisneros said she was scared to come forward to police "and had been thinking about it," according to court documents.

Garcia-Cisneros was arraigned in court Wednesday on the charge of hit-and-run involving injuries. Echeverria was arraigned on the charge of hindering prosecution.

Bail for both was set at $10,000. They are due back in court Oct. 30. 

Washington County Jail workers said Echeverria posted bail Wednesday night. Bail is not available for Garcia-Cisneros due to a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold.

"To be honest, I still can't believe it," said Rogelio Lopez, who attended high school with the suspects. "(They are) people that I knew, people that went to school with me. It's sad for the community, and everybody's shocked that knows them."

The family of the girls released a statement prior to the arrests Tuesday thanking the community for the support and encouraging other parents to "hug and love your kids as often as you can."

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