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Cops: Mom, Toddler Killed by Alleged Street Racer

Two teen drivers face charges in Tampa
By Janet Cromley,  Newser Staff
Posted May 25, 2018 2:49 PM CDT
Cops: Mom, Toddler Killed by Alleged Street Racer

A beautiful sunny day in Tampa, Fla., turned tragic on Wednesday when Jessica Raubenolt, 24, who was visiting from Ohio, went out for a walk with her 21-month-old daughter, Lillia. While pushing the toddler across scenic Bayshore Boulevard, Raubenolt and her daughter were struck by a black Ford Mustang, police say. Witnesses say the car had been racing side-by-side with a gold Nissan. One witness described hearing the sound of a roaring engine, then seeing the two cars speeding with the Mustang in the lead before the fatal collision, reports the Tampa Bay Times. Raubenolt was taken to Tampa General Hospital where she was pronounced dead, and Lillia died a day later.

The driver of the 2018 Mustang has been identified as Cameron Herrin, 18, according to a police report. His brother Tristan, 20, was a passenger. Police say the Nissan was driven by John Barrineau, 17. Cameron Herrin and Barrineau face two counts of street racing and vehicular homicide. Tristin Herrin faces a misdemeanor charge of racing. In the face of tragedy, her uncle offered words of kindness. "We’re praying for those young boys and their families," John Reisinger, 62, told the Times, and that the biggest tragedy was that more people didn’t know Raubenolt. "She made a mark on this world," he said. A GoFundMe account that has been set up for the family has raised more than $58,000, reports People. (Read more Tampa stories.)

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