TAMPA, Fla. – Street racers are responsible for the death of a young mother in Tampa, Florida earlier this week. Meanwhile, her 21-month-old child who was critically injured is not expected to survive either, according to police.
Jessica Reisinger, 24, was pushing her toddler’s stroller through a crosswalk Tuesday when a black Ford Mustang hit them. The car was driven by 18-year-old Cameron Herrin, reported Fox News. The man was reportedly racing a gold Nissan sedan on the city’s Bayshore Boulevard.
Fox 13 obtained an arrest affidavit on Wednesday stating the toddler, Lillia Raubenolt, is likely to succumb to her injuries. She and her mother had come to Tampa from their home in Ohio, for a visit.
According to law enforcement authorities, Reisinger was legally crossing the street at the divided four-lane road. It was then that two cars were seen speeding and changing lanes prior to the collision, according to witnesses.
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Police told the Tampa Bay Times that speeding is an ongoing issue on the waterfront boulevard that runs through one of the city’s most affluent neighborhoods.
Speeding is a perennial problem on Bayshore, said Tampa police spokesman Steve Hegarty. Hours before Wednesday’s incident, police were monitoring the road and cracking down on speeders.
“That is an issue on Bayshore,” he said. “We had motorcycle (officers) out writing tickets this morning.
“People aren’t happy about it, but that’s what we do to remind people you’re not supposed to drive fast out there. We make an effort to slow things down but we’re not out there 24-7. We can’t be out there 24-7.”
Herrin and his 20-year-old brother Tristan, who was riding in the Mustang, were arrested along with the driver of the Nissan, 17-year-old John Barrineau.
The two drivers were charged with street racing, vehicular homicide, and reckless driving resulting in serious bodily injury, while Tristan Herrin was also charged with street racing under a Florida law that considers willing passengers participants in the activity.
What was unusual about Wednesday’s fatality, Hegarty said, were the allegations of racing.
“Although speeding is an ongoing problem on Bayshore, racing has not really been a problem,” he said. “We see that sort of thing on the bridges.
“But the kinds of problems that we get on Bayshore are that people are just going over the speed limit.”