FOREST GROVE, Ore. – Two teens were arrested Tuesday evening in connection with the death of two young Forest Grove sisters, police said.
Cinthya Garcia Cisneros, 18, of Forest Grove was arrested with her boyfriend, Mario Echeverria, 18, of Cornelius, according to Capt. Mike Herb of the Forest Grove Police Department. Police said a tip from a citizen who saw news coverage of the crash provided the information that led them to the pair.
Cisneros was allegedly driving the vehicle, Herb said. Echeverria was one of two passengers. Cisneros lives just a couple blocks from where the girls were hit.
Cisneros was charged with two counts of failure to perform the duties of a driver to injured persons. Police confirm that reflects their belief this is a hit and run accident. A grand jury will review the evidence and decide if the charges will be changed.
Echeverria was charged with tampering with evidence and hindering prosecution. Police say the suspects were not truthful when first questioned.
Abigail Robinson, 11, and her 6-year-old sister, Anna Dieter-Eckerdt, were playing in the leaves along a roadway near their home when they were reportedly struck by a vehicle Sunday night.
Police say the father of the girls was taking photos as they played in the leaves. He went in the house briefly, heard a car go by and came out to find the girls had been hit and were injured.
Anna died at the scene. Abigail died at Randall Children’s Hospital Monday night.
Police put out a photo of the 2001 Nissan Pathfinder SUV they believe hit the girls. They'd like to hear from anyone who may have seen it Sunday night. Police say the Pathfinder belongs to the parent of one of the passengers.
Background: Sisters hit by vehicle in Forest Grove have died