Forest Grove Step-Sisters Killed in Hit and Run

Date: October 20, 2013
Location: 1700 block of Main Street, Forest Grove
Names: Abigail Robinson, Anna Dieter-Eckerdt, Cinthya Garcia Cisneros, Mario Echeverria

Two step-sisters hit by a vehicle on Sunday in Forest Grove have died of the injuries they sustained.

The accident occurred when Anna Dieter-Eckerdt, 6, and her step sister, Abigail Robinson, 11, were playing together in the leaves piled on the curb side of their home on 1700 block of Main Street, Forest Grove. While Dieter-Eckerdt died on the spot, Robinson died later in hospital.

Cinthya Garcia Cisneros, 18, was charged with failure to perform the duties of a driver (hit and run) in the crash, though police believe she may not have realized she hit a child since the leaves were piled up. Her passenger, Mario Echeverria, 18, was also charged with tampering with evidence after taking the car to get cleaned after the incident.

The community maintained a candle light vigil for Robinson and has left flowers on the curb side where the sisters were injured. Grief Counselors are helping the friends of the two children deal with their deaths.

We extend our sympathies to the family and friends of the two sisters.

In these cases the grief of losing a loved one is deepened by the knowledge that their death may have been due to someone else’s negligence. While it is a small consolation, it is possible to file a wrongful death claim under ORS 30.010-30.1000.

The Oregon statute outlines who is entitled to compensation. Spouses, children, and parents are the most common claimants, but under some circumstances, grandchildren, siblings, and grandparents may be able to bring a wrongful death claim as well. A Personal Representative, usually chosen by the family and approved by a judge, must bring the lawsuit for these beneficiaries.

It is important to note that the time limits for filing a wrongful death claims are very complicated and depend entirely on the circumstances. Your time limit (statute of limitations) may be as little as one year, so preserving evidence and seeking legal help in a timely manner can be extremely important to the case.

If you need to speak with a Portland wrongful death attorney, most offer free consultations. Many will also help you investigate the accident for free until you decide what to do about representation. Let them help you navigate this legal process, so that you can grieve without jeopardizing your rights.

If you are looking for more information about wrongful death claims, please order our free guide, Oregon Wrongful Deaths: A Family Guide to the Civil Justice System After the Death of a Loved One.

Portland Oregon Wrongful Death Attorneys

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About Sean DuBois

Sean is a personal injury attorney in Portland, OR. He has been recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine as Oregon Rising Stars for the past four years because of his dedication to justice and fair compensation for his clients. If you need to speak with a lawyer about your injury case, Sean can be reached at 503-222-4411.

Posted on October 24, 2013, in Hit and Run, Injuries to Children and Minors, Portland personal injury attorneys and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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