A mother pushing her 21-month-old daughter in a stroller while crossing a boulevard in Florida was fatally struck during an illegal street race, police said.
Jessica Reisinger, of Jeromesville, Ohio, was mowed down as she pushed her young daughter, Lillia Raubenolt, across Bayshore Boulevard near West Knights Avenue in Tampa at about 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Reisinger was hit by a black Ford Mustang that police said had been racing side by side on the roadway against a gold Nissan. Witnesses said the two cars topped out at speeds as high as 60 mph, but investigators were unable to confirm that, according to the newspaper.
Reisinger was taken to Tampa General Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead. Her daughter was seriously injured and was not expected to survive, according to an arrest affidavit released by Tampa police obtained by WTVT.
Police arrested and charged three men hours after the fatal crash, including both drivers and a passenger in the Mustang. Cameron Coyle Herrin, 18, who police said was behind the wheel of the Mustang, faces charges of vehicular homicide, street racing and reckless driving resulting in serious bodily injury.
Harris’ brother, Tristan Christopher Herrin, 20, also faces a misdemeanor charge of street racing after investigators said they found no evidence that he tried to stop the street race or sought to get out of the Mustang.
John Alexander Barrineau, 17, who police said was driving the Nissan, is also facing charges of vehicular homicide, street racing and reckless driving resulting in serious bodily injury.
Cameron and Tristan Herrin are both from south Tampa, while Barrineau lives just blocks away from the scene of the crash, WTVT reports.
Reisinger’s family declined to talk when reached by the Tampa Bay Times and parents of the three men charged could not be reached for comment, according to the newspaper.
A police spokesman, meanwhile, told the newspaper that speeding along Bayshore Boulevard has been and remains a serious problem.
“That is an issue on Bayshore,” police spokesman Steve Hegarty told the newspaper. “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.”
A GoFundMe account set up for Reisinger’s relatives has raised more than $12,000 as of early Thursday.
“We know our Tampa community is a strong and loving one,” the website reads. “Let’s rally around this family and lift them up in their time of need.”