TAMPA, FLORIDA – Police say street racing led to the death of a mother and toddler struck by a vehicle while on Bayshore Boulevard. Three people are facing charges.
According to Tampa Police, two cars were street racing down Bayshore Boulevard on Wednesday afternoon when one of the vehicles struck the mother who was pushing her child in a stroller near W. Knights Avenue in Tampa.
Tampa police say the mother, Jessica (Reisinger) Raubenolt, 24, and her 2-year-old child, Lillia Raubenolt, were sent to the hospital with serious injuries. Raubenolt, of Jeromesville, Ohio, died at the hospital on Wednesday.
The infant, Lilia, sustained serious injuries but tragically passed away Thursday evening.
“We’re devastated. It’s a tragic crash that didn’t need to happen. It could have been avoided,” said Kim Degance, President of the Palma Ceia Neighborhood Association.
Police say that 18-year-old Cameron Herrin was driving a black Mustang with 20-year-old Tristan Christopher Herrin in the passenger seat. The two were reportedly engaging in a street race with a Nissan driven by 17-year-old John Alexander Barrineau. Witnesses said that at times the cars were side by side, and at other times they switched places and switched lanes. They were estimated to be going approximately 60 miles per hour.
The Mustang driven by Cameron Herrin ended up striking the victims, who were attempting to lawful cross the pedestrian ramp at the intersection of Bayshore Boulevard and W Knights Avenue.