VANCOUVER — Police have tracked down the vehicle that they believe was involved in the hit and run crash that killed two mothers on Sunday night. The victims were in a crosswalk at Northeast 72nd and Vancouver Mall Drive when they were hit by a pick-up truck.
They were showing pictures of the vehicle in a neighborhood not far from the scene and were led to the garage at the back of an apartment complex just four blocks away where they found a white Toyota Tacoma pick-up that had front end damage.
The owner of the vehicle, who is not cooperating with investigators was likely at a viewing party with friends before the crash.
“I was really hoping that whoever did it would come forward. Things happen, people panic and we don’t know what happened that night. We’re not trying to blame anybody,” said Julia Gossen, a niece of one of the victims.
45-year-old Raisa Mosh died at the scene and 28-year-old Irina Gardinant, both from Vancouver, passed away at the hospital. Mosh was a mother of four and sang in the church choir. Gardinant had a child as well and taught Sunday school. They attended Emanuel Baptist Church regularly for thirteen years. Both had just left a baby shower and were walking home. Mosh’s 12-year-old son was hit in the leg and arm and later released from the hospital.
“We’re actively investigating this crime and will pursue the arrest of individuals who are aiding in the concealment or destruction of evidence related to this crime,” said Kim Kapp of Vancouver Police.
The vehicle has been seized for evidence. Investigators still want to find a black pick-up that witnessed the crash and may have been involved. You can call the tip line with any leads, (360) 487-7402.