Vehicle Found, Names Released in Fatal Crash
October 21, 2013, 11:30 am
By Steve Herman and Rosemary Reynolds
Police have found the vehicle that ran over two girls playing in a pile of leaves, but no arrests have been made.
6-year-old Anna Dieter Eckerdt died at the scene, and her half-sister, 11-year-old Abigail Robinson died Monday night.
Just before 8:30pm Sunday, they sisters were hit by a vehicle on the 1700 block of Main ST in Forest Grove.
Forest Grove Police Captain Mike Herb says "police have determined that the girls were likely playing in a pile of leaves in a green-way area with the leaves partially going into the street over the curb."
Herb also tells KXL "It's possible that this driver who hit the girls doesn't realize that they hit two kids, so we are urging a driver to come forward."
Hundreds gathered in the parking lot of Sunrise Church to grieve by candle light. A fund has been set up to help pay for funeral costs. Donations can be made to the "Deiter-Robinson" fund at any Columbia Community Bank branch or through the Sonrise Church.
Herb described Forest Grove as being tight knit "An extremely emotional very distraught evening here for the family for the neighbors and first responders here, who you know, many of us have children of our own".
There are no witnesses, and because of that police do not have a vehicle description.
This morning the entire community is in shock. Residents describe it as close knit and everyone watches out for everyone else. Chief of staff for the Forest Grove School District Connie Potter choked backed tears and had to start her interivew with KXL three time before she could calmly get out what she wanted to say. Potter says what makes this situation even more sad is that one of the parents of the two girls works for the school system so this tragic accident hit very close to home. The youngest girl attended an elementary school near by. The older girl attends an upper elementary school.
Someone left flowers where the little girl's body was found. Nobody knows why the children were playing in the leaves in the dark at 8:30 at night.