VANCOUVER — Two women who were arrested last Friday in connection with the hit and run that killed two mothers a week ago appeared in court for the first time on Monday.
21-year-old Kalista Andino is charged with witness tampering, which is a Class C felony. Andino is the girlfriend of the driver. She told police she was in the white Toyota Tacoma the night of the crash. Her bail is $30,000.
Andino lives together with Brandon Smith, the driver of the truck suspected of running over Raisa Mosh and Irina Gardiant in a crosswalk at Northeast Vancouver Mall Drive and 72nd Avenue last Sunday night. The couple has a 5-month-old baby.
Court documents revealed what Andino told her cousin: “It was very dark and foggy at the time. We did not see anybody and we don’t know what we hit”.
63-year-old Linda Smith is charged with two counts of witness tampering. She’s the mother of Brandon Smith. Her bail is set at $50,000.
Police have sent all the evidence from the truck they seized at an apartment complex to the Washington State Crime Lab. Investigators expect to make more arrests. Police would still like to talk with the driver of a black pick-up who was in the area at the time of the crash. Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of the driver.
The two women will be back in court on February 7th.