Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros and Mario Echeverria were both found guilty in the crash.
Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros in court Friday
Anna Dieter-Eckert, Abigail Robinson. Photo provided by family.
FOREST GROVE, OR (KPTV) -
An 18-year-old who left the crash scene after she ran over two young sisters playing in a pile of leaves will not spend any time in prison.
Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros received a sentence of three years of formal probation and 250 hours of community service. She was found guilty on two counts of failure to perform the duties of a driver to injured persons after the Oct. 20 crash killed 11-year-old Abigail Robinson and 6-year-old Anna Dieter-Eckerdt.
During her trial, Garcia-Cisneros testified she drove through a leaf pile on Main Street in Forest Grove and heard a bump, but thought she hit a rock. She learned two children were injured in the crash a few minutes later, according to investigators.
Given the chance to address Garcia-Cisneros, relatives of the young girls displayed a remarkable amount of forgiveness.
"I know that you have a good heart Cinthya, and a conscience," said Jane Samuels, who is marrying Dieter-Eckerdt's father.
She urged the teenager to learn from her actions.
"Please don't let your life be lost in the accident as well," Samuels said. "You deserve all the good that this world has to offer."
Susan Dieter-Robinson, Dieter-Eckerdt's mother and Robinson's stepmother, told the teen her actions took away her chance to say goodbye to her daughter the night of the crash.
Dieter-Robinson was not able to hold her daughter because the medical examiner wanted to preserve evidence.
She told the teen she struggled with forgiveness because Garcia-Cisneros did not plead guilty, but was instead convicted after a trial.
"Cinthya, I forgive you, I do," Dieter-Robinson said, sobbing. "Live a life of honoring my girls, please."
When it was her turn to address the families, Garcia-Cisneros stood and shuffled to the microphone.
"There are many things that I wish I could have done differently," she said. "I should have come back. I should have thought about you guys and I didn't."
Garcia-Cisneros wiped her eyes.
"I'm truly sorry that I caused you guys all of this. I really am," she continued. "You said you forgive me. I really hope that you do."
At this point, Dieter-Robinson spoke up from her seat in the courtroom.
"I do," she said, crying. "Thank you for saying you're sorry. That's all I wanted. I just wanted you to say you're sorry. Thank you."
On Friday, the judge took the wishes of the victims' family into account when the sentence was handed down.
Though she won't spend any time in prison, Garcia-Cisneros could still be deported. She has been remanded to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement custody due to an immigrations hold. The immigration case will be sometime in February in Tacoma.
Her boyfriend, 18-year-old Mario Echevarria, pleaded guilty to hindering prosecution back in December. He received a 13-month prison sentence after prosecutors said he took the Nissan Pathfinder to a car wash to get rid of evidence and protect his girlfriend.
Thursday, July 31 2014 11:57 AM EDT2014-07-31 15:57:19 GMT
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