Police: Pickup in deadly hit-and-run found, owner not cooperating

Police: Pickup in deadly hit-and-run found, owner not cooperating

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Posted on January 22, 2014 at 9:19 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 30 at 1:22 PM

VANCOUVER -- Vancouver police have found the vehicle they think was involved in the hit-and-run that killed two Vancouver women and injured a boy Sunday night. 

Irina Gardinant, 28, and 45-year-old Raisa Mosh died from injuries suffered in the crash at Northeast Vancouver Mall Drive and Northeast 72nd Street. Mosh's 12-year-old son suffered minor injuries.

Background: Two Vancouver mothers killed in hit-and-run

Investigators served a search warrant Tuesday night at an apartment complex at the 7609 NE Vancouver Mall Drive, police said.

A white Toyota Tacoma pickup with front end damage was found in a garage at the complex and taken as evidence.

Police earlier this week said a black pickup truck may have been following the suspect vehicle, and that neither driver stopped to check on the victims after they were hurt.

Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said Wednesday afternoon the registered owner of the vehicle was not cooperating with police. She said a group of people including the owner was possibly at a home in the 9900 block of Northwest 26th Avenue before the crash, watching the NFC Championship game. 

The group may also have been in the 8700 block of Northeast 27th Avenue, she said. Anyone with information on the group or the truck's owner was asked to call the VPD tip line at 360-487-7402 or submit a tip here.

Crime Stoppers has offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case.

More: Reward offered in deadly Vancouver hit-and-run

The families of the victims released a statement Wednesday morning and announced public memorial services.

“We would like to thank all those people who were open to support us in such difficult times. We are touched of how great of a community we have, that is always willing to help and pray for us. May God bless you!!” 

Related: Memorial services set for hit-and-run victims

 

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