Vancouver police: Truck involved in fatal hit-and-run found
Vancouver police said late Tuesday night they believe they've found one of the vehicles involved in a hit-and-run Sunday that killed two women.
Police towed away a white pickup truck just before 11 p.m. at an apartment complex at 7609 Vancouver Mall Drive. Police said they will take the vehicle to an evidence facility to be processed.
The crash killed 45-year-old Raisa Mosh and 28-year-old Irina Gardinant, both of Vancouver.
Police released no other details Tuesday night. They have said that two pickups were seen driving away from the scene.
One of the pickups was described as a full-size white 2005 to a 2009 Toyota Tacoma that they believed sustained damaged to its front end.
The truck that was towed away Tuesday night appeared to fit that description. It had extensive front-end damage, including to its grill and headlights.
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.
Gardinant leaves behind a husband and young daughter.
Both women were heavily involved in their local church.
VANCOUVER, Wash. -- A reward is now offered to help find the hit-and-run driver who killed two women in Vancouver.
Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in the case.
45-year-old Raisa Mosh and 28-year-old Irina Gardinant, both of Vancouver, were killed in the crash.
Police say they are searching for two pickups that were seen driving away from the scene after the crash.
Vancouver Police said a full-size white Toyota Tacoma was driving fast southbound on NE 72nd Avenue just before 8 p.m. That truck made a left turn onto NE Vancouver Mall Drive as three people were crossing the street in a crosswalk. Police believe the truck is a 2005 to a 2009 model.
Police say the truck they are looking for has front end damage, damage to the grille and possibly to the headlights.
Police said Initial reports from witnesses indicated the pickup was a Toyota Tundra, but the evidence collected at the scene pointed toward a Toyota Tacoma.
They are also looking for a black full-size pickup that was following the Tacoma and was possibly involved in the crash.
According to Vancouver Police spokesperson Ilia Botvinnik, who was at the scene Sunday night, Mosh's 12-year-old son was the third person and was not hit.
Angela Blankenship saw the crash happen. She said she was waiting at a red light when she saw the white Toyota Tacoma speeding. She said she saw it turn through the intersection and run over the people in the crosswalk.
According to Blankenship, the driver never hit the brakes.
"They had the right to go (through the crosswalk)," Blankenship said. "We were stopped at the light when we saw it happen and then we turned to block the other cars from hitting them on the ground."
Police questioned Blankenship inside a mini-mart on the corner where the crash happened. After the crash, Blankenship and a driver in another car made a move to protect the crash scene and the victims.
"It's just unfortunate," Blankenship said. "I mean, I don't care how drunk you are or how high you are, or what stupid mistake you've done that you just keep going and never touch your brakes."
Police are asking anyone with information about the crash or the location of either truck to call 911 or the Vancouver Police tip line at (360) 487-7399.
To be eligible for the Crime Stoppers reward, tipsters must call and report information to (503) 823-HELP.
Memorial services for both women will be held at Word of Grace Bible Church at 1317 N.W. 12th Avenue in Battle Ground, Wash.
The first service will be Friday at 8 p.m., the second on Saturday at 10 a.m.
A fund has also been setup to help with medical expenses. Donations can be made to the "Raisa and Irina memorial fund" at any Key Bank location.