In October, 19-year-old Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros drove her SUV into a leaf pile, accidentally killing the two young girls playing in it. The teen driver, who failed to come forward after hitting the girls, was found guilty by jury vote of two counts of felony hit-and-run earlier this month. On Friday, she was sentenced to three years of probation and 250 hours of community service.
According to The Associated Press on Tuesday, the Portland, Ore. woman now faces potential deportation. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said on Monday that Garcia-Cisneros is being placed in “removal proceedings and will be held at a detention center in Tacoma” while she awaits her bond hearing before an immigration judge.
“The immigration judge will determine whether or not Ms. Garcia-Cisneros remains in detention for the duration of her immigration case,” ICE spokesman Andrew Munoz said in a statement.
Oct. 20, in Forest Grove, 25 miles west of Portland, stepsisters aged, 6 years old and 11 years old were playing in a leaf pile near the road. The girls were likely concealed by the pile to Garcia-Cisneros, who rammed her SUV through the leaves. The younger girl passed away at the scene. The older girl passed away at a Portland hospital.
In court, prosecutors showed that Garcia-Cisneros knew that she may have hit someone in the piles of leaves. Minutes after getting home, she informed her brother, who returned to the scene and found a man standing over the pile, screaming.
In court Friday, a sobbing Garcia-Cisneros offered an apology to the girls' family.
“There are no words that I can give you guys to let you know how bad I feel,” she said, according to CBS affiliate KOIN. “I can’t imagine your pain or what you guys are going through. I’m truly sorry that I cost you guys all of this.”
Garcia-Cisneros came to America as a 4-year-old under the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. She remains eligible to stay as long as she has not been convicted of certain crimes. Her immigration judge will now determine her fate.