Tanya Mosh would describe her mother as a no-nonsense kind of woman. So when she joined her kids in sliding across the family’s wood floors in their socks, everyone had to giggle.
The memory still brings a smile to Mosh’s face years later. And now memories are all she has left of her mother.
Raisa Mosh and her friend Irina Gardinant were struck and killed by a careless driver Jan. 19, 2014, as they crossed Vancouver Mall Drive at the intersection of Northeast 72nd Avenue. The women and Mosh’s son, Mark, who were in a crosswalk, were headed to their vehicle after a baby shower.
The driver of the pickup, Brandon C. Smith, ran the red light and fled the scene.
He was ultimately sentenced to 8.5 years in prison for vehicular homicide — the maximum sentence allowed by law.