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Oregon teen who killed 2 in fatal leaf pile hit-run found guilty

A 19-year-old Oregon woman who drove an SUV into a pile of leaves that concealed two girls has been found guilty in the fatal hit-and-run case.

The woman learned after arriving home Oct. 20 she may have struck two children on Main Street in Forest Grove — 25 miles west of Portland — but didn’t come forward. Police found her the following day.

The prosecution said she was required to return to the scene of the accident as soon as she learned of it. Her defense lawyer said the law doesn’t say anything about the requirements when a driver learns only later about an accident.

Garcia-Cisneros was on her way home from getting fast food when she drove through the leaves. Her boyfriend and brother were passengers in the vehicle.

Neighbors had raked piles near the curb for leaf pick-up. Garcia-Cisneros hit the leaves shortly before 8:30 p.m., she testified, and felt a bump.

Within minutes, her brother returned to the scene on his way to his girlfriend’s house and saw a man standing over the pile, screaming. The man spoke to him briefly.

The boy went home and told his sister she may have hit two children. The girls were later identified as step-sisters, 6-year-old Anna Dieter-Eckerdt and 11-year-old Abigail Robinson. Anna died at the scene. Abigail died later at a Portland hospital.

Defense attorney Ethan Levi said Garcia-Cisneros was in a state of denial after learning of the children and fixated on the possibility she wasn’t the driver who struck them. Levi asked jurors to imagine themselves as a teen driver confronted with the same information.
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Oregon teen who killed 2 in fatal leaf pile hit-run found guilty

A 19-year-old Oregon woman who drove an SUV into a pile of leaves that concealed two girls has been found guilty in the fatal hit-and-run case.

The woman learned after arriving home Oct. 20 she may have struck two children on Main Street in Forest Grove — 25 miles west of Portland — but didn’t come forward. Police found her the following day.

The prosecution said she was required to return to the scene of the accident as soon as she learned of it. Her defense lawyer said the law doesn’t say anything about the requirements when a driver learns only later about an accident.

Garcia-Cisneros was on her way home from getting fast food when she drove through the leaves. Her boyfriend and brother were passengers in the vehicle.

Neighbors had raked piles near the curb for leaf pick-up. Garcia-Cisneros hit the leaves shortly before 8:30 p.m., she testified, and felt a bump.

Within minutes, her brother returned to the scene on his way to his girlfriend’s house and saw a man standing over the pile, screaming. The man spoke to him briefly.

The boy went home and told his sister she may have hit two children. The girls were later identified as step-sisters, 6-year-old Anna Dieter-Eckerdt and 11-year-old Abigail Robinson. Anna died at the scene. Abigail died later at a Portland hospital.

Defense attorney Ethan Levi said Garcia-Cisneros was in a state of denial after learning of the children and fixated on the possibility she wasn’t the driver who struck them. Levi asked jurors to imagine themselves as a teen driver confronted with the same information.

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    Why the fuck would you hide in a leaf pile in the street. It wasn’t exactly her fault, the parents of the children...
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    "Near the curb" is journalistic halfassery, in my opinion, and leaves me unsure how to feel about the entire incident....
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    My dad almost drove through a pile in the middle of a col de sac to make some kids playing in a nearby yard laugh....
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