Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros ran over more than two little girls

Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros ran over more than two little girls

February 4, 2014

By David Olen Cross

Sadly on Sunday, October 20, 2013 there were more victims run over by Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros than 6-year-old Anna Dieter-Eckerdt, and 11-year-old Abigail Robinson.

Some background history, Ms. Garcia-Cisneros, a Mexican national, was already on probation for being in the country illegally under President Barack Hussein Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) amnesty program before her careless carefree driving took the lives of the two little girls. The young woman knew as a recent DACA participant that if she committed a felony, a significant misdemeanor or three or more misdemeanors, she could face deportation.

Ms. Garcia-Cisneros in her selfish and amoral decision making process (fueled by fear of deportation for crimes she may have committed) failed to remain at or return to the scene of the accident even after learning she had possibly hit two little girls.

Her lawless actions after the accident that took the lives of Anna Dieter-Eckerdt and Abigail Robinson constituted hitting and running over the human decency of all the residents of the communities that make up Washington County and beyond.

Twice evidence of Garcia-Cisneros’ lack of human decency was her going out for ice cream (call it comfort food) after the accident and her complicity in covering up the crime; she was with her now convicted of covering up the crime boyfriend the next day as he power washed of the SUV’s undercarriage, the vehicle she had driven that was involved in the accident. These preceding acts were apparently more important to her than doing the right thing, like taking personal responsibility for her actions in regards to the accident that caused the deaths of the two girls.

An epilogue of events: On Wednesday, January 15, 2013 in a Washington County Circuit Court room Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros was unanimously convicted in a jury trial by 12 county residents of two counts felony hit and run — very serious crimes.

Back in the court room, seventeen days later, on Friday, January 31, 2014 Washington County Circuit Court Judge Rick A. Knapp (voters he holds an elected office) showed extreme lenience by sentencing Ms. Garcia-Cisneros to just three years of probation and 250 hours of community service for the hit and run deaths of the two young girls. The woman should have received from the judge the maximum sentence allowed for the crimes she committed — 16 months in the state’s prison system.

It is hard to fathom the callous self-centeredness of Garcia-Cisneros and her taxpayer paid for trial lawyers (one an immigration attorney) who would put the families, friends and neighbors of the recently deceased girls through a jury trial in an attempt to avoid the woman’s possible future deportation to her homeland of Mexico.

The stark reality of Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros’ character flaws exposed, only after law enforcement arrived and arrested her two days after the accident, her spending approximately three months in the Washington County Jail (call it jailhouse religion), did she come clean and acknowledge at her sentencing (she had to face the parents of the two dead girls) some culpability for her criminal actions after causing the deaths of the girls.

A final victim run over in this three month story, call it an ordeal, was journalistic integrity; the coverage of the story was mostly tabloid journalism — not real news reporting.

Other than powerful photographs, newspaper reporters and opinion writers covering the story got lost in trying to do damage control or resurrect the flawed character of Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros, while they failed to do in-depth reporting on naming the police and medical first responders who had to investigate, to pick up and clean up the broken bodies of two little girls — the same first responders who often go beyond the call of duty in showing great humanity to accident victims’ family members, neighbors and friends.

A final glaring omission, other than a few quotes from named law enforcement officials during the initial criminal instigation and before and during the trial from the Washington County Senior Deputy District Attorney Bracken Mckey, not a word or quote was cited in stories written by reporters from the main newspaper covering trial of the testimony given by 10 different law enforcement officials and police officers, representing various police agencies, during the two day trial — they are the fine men and women that 24-7 protect and serve us all.

David Olen Cross of Salem writes on the subjects of illegal immigration and foreign national crime. Contact him at


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