PORTLAND, Ore. - Community support for the families of two Forest Grove girls who were killed in a hit-and-run is pouring in.
The Sugar Shack, a coffee stand in Forest Grove, is just one of the businesses helping out. Every dollar spent there between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Thursday will go to the families of 6-year-old Anna Dieter-Eckerdt and her step-sister, 11-year-old Abigail Robinson. At last check, the coffee stand had raised over $4,500.
Police said the girls were playing outside their home in a pile of leaves that had spilled out into the street when they were hit by an SUV. One of them died at the scene and the other later died at the hospital. This all happened around 8:20 p.m. Sunday in the 1700 block of Main Street.
The driver took off after hitting the girls, but was later arrested after someone contacted police with a tip. Cinthya Garcia Cisneros, 18, of Forest Grove, is behind bars. Investigators say she was driving the vehicle. Her boyfriend, 18-year-old Mario Echeverria of Cornelius, is out on bail. He is accused of attempting to cover up the crime. He posted bail.
We stopped by Echeverria's home on Thursday to see if he wanted to share his part of the story, but no one answered the door.
There is a celebration of life for the two girls this Saturday at 10 a.m. The pastor at Sonrise Church in Hillsboro says the public is welcome.