Mother of four among two killed in Vancouver hit and run


by Cornelius Swart, Staff

Posted on January 20, 2014 at 5:54 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 three- and four-year-olds 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.

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


Ashely Korslien contributed to this report