Two Vancouver mothers killed in hit-and-run

Raisa Mosh, 45, of Vancouver died Sunday.

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by Cornelius Swart, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on January 20, 2014 at 10:37 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 29 at 6:36 PM

VANCOUVER -- A mother of four and a woman who taught Sunday school were killed as a result of injuries sustained during a hit and run accident in Vancouver on Sunday night, police said.

Irina Gardinant, 28, of Vancouver died Monday morning. She was a Sunday school teacher and a mother of one.

Raisa Mosh, 45, of Vancouver died Sunday. Mosh was a mother of four.

The two women were walking home from a baby shower with Mosh's 12-year-old son and one other person when they were struck by a pickup truck on the crosswalk at Northeast 72nd Street near Vancouver Mall Drive. Mosh's son was hit on the leg and arm, but was released from the hospital on Sunday.

A third victim was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Police were looking for a white 2005 to 2009 Toyota Tundra with front end, grill, and possibly headlight damage, according to authorities. Police were also looking for a black full size pickup that was also in the area.

Mosh had two sons and two daughters, ranging between the ages of 12 and 20. Mosh's husband was out of town working as a truck driver when the accident occurred.

According to family and a local pastor, the two women were regular churchgoers. Mosh worked at Hertz and was a member of the choir at Emanuel Baptist Church in Vancouver Wash. Gardinant taught Sunday school to 3- and 4-year-old children there.

Peter Krishcko, pastor of Emanuel Baptist said Irina had gone to the church for 13 years.

Mosh's nephew, Slavik Kioroglo, described the women as "angels" and "role models." He said the families are not angry with the suspect and that they forgive the driver. They hope the person comes forward and asks for forgiveness.

A memorial fund has been set up for families of the two victims. It was set up under the name: Raisa and Irina Memorial Fund and donations can be made at any Key Bank location. The memorial services will be held at Word of Grace Bible Church, at 1317 NW 12th Avenue in Battle Ground, on Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m. /p>

Police asked anyone with information about the incident to call 911 or the Vancouver Police Tip Line at (360) 487-7399.

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Ashley Korslien contributed to this report

 

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