21-month-old dies after street racer hits her, her mother

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – A 21-month-old baby has died after she and her mother were hit by a car that police say was street racing Wednesday afternoon on Tampa’s Bayshore Boulevard. 

A spokesperson for Tampa General Hospital confirmed Lillia Raubenolt’s death to KXAN sister station WFLA Thursday evening.

The baby’s mother, 24-year-old Jessica Raubenolt, was killed when she was hit by the car as she crossed Bayshore Boulevard. The mother was previously identified by the name on her driver’s license, but shares the same last name as her daughter.

Tampa police say Cameron Herrin was speeding in a Ford Mustang with his brother Tristan Herrin in the passenger seat. Driving next to them in a Nissan was John Barrineau, 17. Witnesses say the cars were switching lanes. 

At Knights Avenue, police say Herrin hit Raubenolt as she was pushing her daughter in a stroller. Raubenolt is from Ohio and was in Tampa visiting her uncle. Early Thursday morning, one of the three young men accused in the deadly crash bonded out of jail.

WFLA News Channel 8 was there when Tristan Herrin was released from the Orient Road Jail. Herrin was a passenger in a Ford Mustang that police say was driven by his brother, Cameron Herrin, who was still in jail as of Thursday morning.

“Do you regret anything that happened yesterday? Do you have anything that you’d like to say to the victim’s families? You don’t have anything to say? Sir do you have anything you’d like to say? Sir anything at all?” asked WFLA Reporter Jana Jones.

Tristan Herrin refused to answer Jana’s questions and got into a car, covered his head and laid down in the back seat. A man who was with Herrin also refused to answer questions, covered his head and drove Herrin away from the jail.

Cameron Herrin, 18, was charged with vehicular homicide and unlawful racing on highway.

John Barrineau, 17, was charged with vehicular homicide and unlawful racing on highway.

With the death of the child, the charges against the drivers will be upgraded.

Instead of facing a charge of reckless driving resulting in serious bodily injury for the toddler, Herrin and Barrineau will face an additional charged of vehicular homicide.

Tristan Herrin, 20, was charged with unlawful racing on highway.

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