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Tampering suspect released on bail in deadly hit-and-run investigation

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Linda Smith posting bail and leaving jail Tuesday Linda Smith posting bail and leaving jail Tuesday
Linda Smith and Kalista Andino in court Monday Linda Smith and Kalista Andino in court Monday
Brandon Smith and Kalista Andino Brandon Smith and Kalista Andino
Irina Gardinant and Raisa Mosh Irina Gardinant and Raisa Mosh

Two women accused of witness tampering in a deadly hit-and-run investigation in Vancouver posted bail, but only one was released from jail Tuesday.

Linda Smith, 63, and Kalista Andino, 21, were both arrested Jan. 24.

Prosecutors said Andino was a passenger in the truck that hit Raisa Mosh, 45, and Irina Gardinant, 28, on Jan. 19. Both women were killed.

Prosecutors identified the man they believe was driving as Brandon Smith. He has not been arrested, but police said he has also not been cooperative.

Prosecutors said Andino and Brandon Smith have a 5-month-old child together. Linda Smith is the man's mother.

On Tuesday evening, Clark County Deputies went to the Smith family home.  FOX 12 can confirm it was to take the couple's child into protective custody.

Vancouver Police would not comment on why the child was removed from the home. 

Linda Smith was released from the Clark County Jail Tuesday afternoon after posting bail. She did not answer any questions as she left.

Andino also posted bail, but she was kept behind bars after not being able to provide the judge with an alternate address where should would stay if released.

Andino has a no contact order with both Brandon and Linda Smith, so she cannot stay with either of them. She is scheduled to be back in court Wednesday morning to see if she can meet her bail release requirements.

Linda Smith also has a no contact order with Andino and her son. The judge said she could go back to jail if she meets, talks or texts with them.

Both suspects have also been instructed not to contact the victims' families.

Court documents allege that Linda Smith called Andino's cousin and friend to yell at them and instructed them not to talk to police.

Andino's friend, who asked not to be identified, showed FOX 12 text messages she said she exchanged with Andino after seeing media coverage of the hit-and-run investigation. One text allegedly from Andino said, "Yea it was hit truck. And I'm freaking the f--- out." Another said, "Detectives get to you? They are going to like everybody we know."

Detectives said the owner of the white pickup truck involved in the crash and several other people may have been watching the NFC Championship game between the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers at a home in the 9900 block of Northwest 26th Avenue in Vancouver on Jan. 19.

The game started at 3:30 p.m., ended by 6:50 p.m., and the crash happened at about 8 p.m., when Mosh and Gardinant were walking in a crosswalk at 72nd Avenue and Vancouver Mall Drive.

Another address that police consider of interest is the 8700 block of Northeast 27th Avenue, where the registered owner of the pickup and some friends may have gone after the game.

Anyone who may be able to help detectives fill in the timeline is asked to call the tip line at 360-487-7402 or leave a tip online at crimestoppersoforegon.com.

Video: Friend of suspect reveals text messages related to case
Photos: Deadly Vancouver hit-and-run investigation

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