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Driver in Van Mall doublefatality hitandrun gets 8 12 years

first_imgRaisa and Georgiy Mosh immigrated to the United States from Moldova in June 1998 with the hope of giving their children a better life. They chose the U.S. city of Vancouver as their new home.“When my parents first came to America, they didn’t know English,” said Tanya Mosh, the couple’s eldest daughter. “It was really hard for them. They encouraged us to get a good education.”The couple couldn’t have known that on Jan. 19 of this year a careless driver would end the lives of Raisa Mosh, 45, and her friend, Irina Gardinant, 28, and then drive away.That driver, Brandon C. Smith, 28, of Vancouver was sentenced in Clark County Superior Court Friday to 8 1/2 years in prison — the maximum allowed by the law — for striking and killing the women.The two women and Mosh’s son, Mark, then 12, were returning from a baby shower at about 8 p.m. on a Sunday.As they crossed Vancouver Mall Drive at the intersection of Northeast 72nd Avenue, Smith’s white 2007 Toyota Tacoma pickup struck them in the crosswalk.last_img

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