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Hit-and-run victims remembered as 'very good mothers, very good wives'

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Similar to suspect's truck. Photo: Vancouver Police Similar to suspect's truck. Photo: Vancouver Police

Two women hit and killed by a truck in Vancouver are being remembered as proud church members who cared very much for their families.

Vancouver police said the hit-and-run collision happened around 8 p.m. Sunday as Raisa Mosh, 45, and Irina Gardinant, 28, were walking in a crosswalk with Mosh's 12-year-old son. 

A pickup heading south on Northeast 72nd Avenue turned onto Northeast Vancouver Mall Drive at a high rate of speed and crashed into the two women in the crosswalk.

Mosh died at the scene, and Gardinant was rushed to a hospital, where she was later pronounced dead. Family says the 12-year-old was only minorly injured. 

"Raisa's son tells us that all that he remembers is that he was rolling, and rolling, and then he looked and saw his mom was already hit," said Mosh's nephew Slavik Kioroglo.

"I don't think he really realized what happened until this morning, he's in shock, we all are."

Police are looking for a white 2005 to 2009 Toyota Tacoma with front-end damage. The truck will likely have damaged to its grill and possibly the headlights.

Officers are also still looking for a black full-size pickup truck that was following the Tacoma and may have been involved with the collision.

Kioroglo says through their faith, the family has forgiven the driver. But, he hopes that they will decide to turn themselves in. 

In the meantime, they're deeply missing Mosh. 

"She was a very special aunt to me, she was very amazing, she was an angel," said Kioroglo. 

Kioroglo says Mosh leaves behind a husband and four children. Gardinant leaves behind a husband and two children. 

"These were very good mothers and very good wives and people that were involved in helping other people, so it's really quite a tragedy to see something like this happen," said Pastor Peter Krishcko of the First Slavic Baptist Church.

Krishcko said Mosh sang in the choir and Gardinant taught Sunday school.

A fund has been set up to support the family. You can donate to the "Raisa and Irina Memorial Fund" at Key Bank.

Anyone with information about the hit-and-run case should call the Vancouver police tip line at 360-487-7399.

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