Hit-run truck owner not cooperating

Vancouver police seized a vehicle believed to be involved in a double-fatal hit-and-run, Jan. 21, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Vancouver police seized a vehicle believed to be involved in a double-fatal hit-and-run, Jan. 21, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN) – Police have located the owner of a pickup truck that they believe was involved in a hit-and-run Sunday that left two women dead.

Investigators seized the vehicle Tuesday from an apartment complex at 7609 NE Vancouver Mall Dr. Vancouver police said Wednesday that the owner of the truck and several people who may have been with the owner were contacted by investigators but are not cooperating with the case.

According to police, on the night of the hit-and-run, the owner and several “associates” had likely been watching the NFC Championship game at a residence in the 9900 block of Northwest 26th Avenue. After the game, which ended at about 6:50 p.m., they may have gone to another residence in the 8700 block of Northeast 27th Avenue.

Police did not confirm if the owner of the truck is considered a person of interest in the case.

Investigators are asking anyone who may have witnessed them to call the Vancouver Police Department Tip Line at 360-487-7402. Crime Stoppers is also offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. To leave a tip, call 503-823-HELP.

The women were in a crosswalk at Northeast 72nd Avenue and Vancouver Mall Drive. at about 8 p.m. Sunday when they were hit by a pickup truck. The truck was headed south on 72nd and turning east onto Vancouver Mall Drive when it struck them, and then sped away.

The victims were identified as 45-year-old Raisa Mosh and 28-year-old Irina Gardinant, both of Vancouver. Mosh died at the scene, while Gardinant passed away at a local hospital. Mosh’s 10-year-old son was also walking with them, but was not hurt.

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