Police find vehicle that hit two girls, one fatally, in Forest Grove

Police find vehicle that hit two girls, one fatally, in Forest Grove »Play Video
A memorial for the sisters near the site of the crash. (KATU photo)

FOREST GROVE, Ore. – One girl was killed and her half-sister was badly injured when both were hit by a car Sunday night in Forest Grove.

Police said the girls were playing in a pile of leaves that spilled partially over the curb when they were hit at around 8:20 p.m. in the 1700 block of Main St. Police believe the car continued south on Main St., and said it’s possible the driver didn’t know the children were hit.

Police said 6-year-old Anna Dieter-Eckerdt died at the scene. Her half-sister, 11-year-old Abigail Robinson, was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.

On Monday police said they located the vehicle, but no arrests have been made. Police would not release any details about the vehicle, citing the ongoing invesitgation.

People left flowers, balloons and cards near the crash site on Monday. A public candle light prayer service is planned for Monday night at 7:15 p.m. at the Sonrise Church in Forest Grove.

Rita Nichols, who didn't know the girls or their family, brought flowers to the scene.

"It just breaks my heart to think about the poor parents and these little innocent children just playing," said Nichols. "I brought my flowers. The only thing I have left in my garden. And I just hope and pray that the other little girl is OK."

"Forest Grove is a close knit community," said Capt. Mike Herb of the Forest Grove Police Department. "I think everybody here, they all kind of know, everybody knows somebody here in Forest Grove.

"There have been family members and friends and neighbors flocking to the scene here and offering the family support, a lot of crying going on a lot of very distraught people here on scene. It’s very difficult."

The girls attended different schools in Forest Grove. Counselors were on hand Monday for students, teachers and parents. The school district sent a letter to parents about what happened.

"We're all one. We're a community. We actually live here," said Matt Johnson, spokesman for the Forest Grove Fire Department. "So it's not just another person that we might respond to. It's neighbors, somebody we might know. So it does hit us."

An account was set up for donations to cover expenses for the family. Donations can be made to the Dieter-Robinson fund at any Columbia Community Bank branch or through the Sonrise Church.

If you have any information, call the police non-emergency line at (503) 629-0111.

KATU's Hillary Lake contributed to this story.