Two women pedestrians killed in hitrun crash mourned

first_imgFamilies support each other in grief for friends.Carrying flowers and speaking softly, a crowd gathered Monday to mourn the two Vancouver women killed Sunday night in a hit-and-run crash in the Westfield Vancouver mall area. The women’s loved ones placed bouquets along the roadway where Irina Gardinant, 28, and Raisa Mosh, 45, were struck as they walked across Northeast Vancouver Mall Drive at Northeast 72nd Avenue. Mosh, a mother of four, died at the scene. Gardinant, a Sunday school teacher with a 2-year-old daughter, died after being rushed to a hospital. Mosh’s 12-year-old son was injured in the collision, treated at a hospital and released.“I’ve been crying, crying, crying all night,” Mosh’s neighbor, Antonia Kotikova, said. “It’s very hard.”According to police, Mosh and Gardinant were hit shortly after 8 p.m. Sunday by a southbound white pickup taking a quick left turn from Northeast 72nd Avenue onto Northeast Vancouver Mall Drive. The two women were in the crosswalk. The driver of the pickup fled the scene and remains at large.Investigators are looking for the pickup, which they say is similar to a Toyota Tacoma made between 2005 and 2009. The vehicle is likely damaged and is missing parts of its grille. Additionally, Vancouver Police Department spokeswoman Kim Kapp said police are looking for a full-size black pickup that went through the intersection shortly after the crash, but left the scene.“It’s possible that (the black pickup) may have hit somebody as well. We don’t know,” Kapp said. “We don’t have any witnesses that say the black truck hit anyone, but we don’t know for sure.”last_img read more