VANCOUVER – Two women accused of witness tampering in a deadly Vancouver hit-and-run appeared in court Monday morning and prosecutors named the suspected driver.
Although he has not been charged or arrested, prosecutors said Brandon Smith, of Vancouver, was driving the truck that hit 28-year-old Irina Gardinant and 45-year-old Raisa Mosh as they were walking home from a baby shower last Sunday.
Both women died. One of Mosh's children suffered minor injuries as well.
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Smith's live-in girlfriend, 21-year-old Kalista Andino, faces one count of witness tampering. Prosecutors said Monday that Andino was a passenger in the truck when Smith hit the three pedestrians and left the scene.
According to court documents obtained by KGW, Andino told one of her cousins after the crash, "It was very dark and foggy at the time." She also said they "did not see anybody, and they did not know what they hit."
Andino was held on $30,000 bail and ordered not to have any contact with Smith.
Linda Smith, 63, is Brandon's mother. She is accused of calling witnesses and telling them not to speak with investigators. She appeared in court Monday on two counts of witness tampering.
Linda allegedly told family members and friends that police were lying about what happened just to build a case against Brandon, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Linda was held on $50,000 bail and ordered not to have any contact with her son.
Police said they anticipate making more arrests in the case.
KGW reporter Ashley Korslien contributed to this report.