Police say owner of suspected fatal hit-run vehicle not cooperating
VANCOUVER, Wash. - Vancouver police say they've reached out to the owner of a white pickup truck they believe was involved in the hit-and-run accident Sunday that killed two women, but that the owner is not cooperating.
Police served a search warrant late Tuesday night and towed away a white pickup truck with front-end damage from an apartment complex at 7609 N.E. Vancouver Mall Drive. The pickup is being processed for evidence.
The crash killed 45-year-old Raisa Mosh and 28-year-old Irina Gardinant, both of Vancouver.
On Wednesday, Vancouver police said they contacted the owner of the pickup and other people who are associated with the owner. They say those people are not cooperating with the investigation.
Police say they've learned the owner and several other people may have been at a home in the 9900 block of Northwest 26th Avenue on Sunday watching the NFC Championship game, which started at 3:30 p.m.
Police say the owner and several others may have gone to another address in the 8700 block of Northeast 27th Avenue after the game, which ended shortly before 7 p.m.
The deadly crash happened just before 8 p.m. Sunday.
Police also said they were looking for a black full-size pickup that was following the Tacoma and may have been involved in the crash.
Mosh and Gardinant were crossing the intersection of Northeast 72nd and Vancouver Mall when they were hit by a white pickup that then sped off. They'd just left a baby shower when the truck sped through the intersection.
Friends and family members of the two victims have been somewhat empathetic towards the driver.
"I was really hoping that whoever did it would come forward and say, 'hey, it was me, I made a mistake,'" said Julia Gossen, a niece of Mosh. "Things happen, people panic. We don't know what happened that night."
"Of course they want to know who it was," said Yelena Kioroglo, a friend of the family. "They are trying to forgive this person and they are sure he's struggling too, from what he did."
Gardinant leaves behind a husband and young daughter.
Both women were heavily involved in their local church.
No one has been arrested in the case and CrimeStoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
Anyone who has information about the time and place of the pickup's owner or individuals associated with the owner is encouraged to call the police's tip line at (360) 487-7402. Police are also encouraging individuals who were with the owner to call them as well.
Anyone who has information about the case can also leave a tip for CrimeStoppers at XXX, text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by the tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357).