TAMPA, FLORIDA – Street racing is being blamed for a crash that killed a mother pushing her daughter in a stroller along Tampa’s Bayshore Boulevard on Wednesday.
The victim, here from Ohio to see her uncle, crossed Bayshore at Knights Avenue.
Two cars speeding north approached. One hit her, sending her and her baby girl flying.
Along one of Tampa’s most picturesque roads, sadness and raw emotion.
Tampa police tell us Cameron Herrin was speeding in a Ford Mustang with Tristan Herrin in the passenger seat.
Driving next to them in a Nissan was John Barrineau.
Witnesses say they were switching lanes and places.
At Knights Avenue, they say Herrin hit 24-year-old Jessica Reisinger as she was pushing her 21-month old daughter, Lillia Raubenolt, in a stroller.
Jessica died. Lillia has serious injuries.
Rick Harb’s wife usually pushes their new daughter along Bayshore. He had a moment of panic when he heard about the crash.
“It’s definitely a scary thing. Especially as a new father, haven’t felt that before, but ya know Bayshore is usually pretty safe,” said Harb.
“We see speeders constantly, drag racing, playing chicken,” said Gloria Giunta.
She lives in a condo that looks out at Bayshore.
“I’d like to walk my dogs right out front, but I’m afraid someone’s going to flip right into our front yard,” she said.
Bayshore neighbor Pam Rodriguez hears screeching tires and sometimes crashes from her fourth floor unit.
“I used to walk along the bay itself. But A, it takes so long to get across, and B, traffic is going so fast, I’m terrified they’re going to jump the curb,” said Rodriguez.
A brief thrill for two drivers, and now a little girl will grow up without her mother.