Woman accused in hit-and-run: 'I should tell them the truth'

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Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros, who is on trial for a hit-and-run crash that killed two girls playing in a pile of leaves, testifies in her own defense Tuesday.

HILLSBORO, Ore. -- The young woman facing charges after allegedly running over and killing two girls playing in a pile of leaves in October took the stand Tuesday at the Washington County Courthouse.

Sometimes calm, other times crying, Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros claimed she did not realize she hit the girls that night.

"I didn't see anything wrong with it," she answered when her defense attorney asked how she reacted when her boyfriend suggested she drive through the leaves.

Garcia-Cisneros told the jury it was dark and she was listening to music in the car.

"I heard a bump," she said. "I steered to the left to avoid my back tire from hitting the same bump."

She said she didn't know she hit people.

Prosecutors are charging her with failing to perform the duties of a driver.

When she later found out two girls had died, Garcia-Cisneros recounted the memory, crying from the stand. "I spent all night telling myself it wasn't true," she said.

During cross-examination, Garcia-Cisneros admitted she did not tell the police the truth about what happened.

"Not about the bump," she said.

Her father, Mario, testified she has a love of children and is the "mother of the house," always taking care of chores and cooking.

Her boyfriend's mother claimed Garcia-Cisneros has been an honest girl the whole time she's known her.