TAMPA, Fla. — Heartbreaking new information about a deadly street racing crash that killed a young mother and her baby girl as they crossed Tampa’s Bayshore Boulevard, last year sheds new light on what happened moments after the crash.
Newly-obtained documents detail every report and statement in the case that will be used at trial. Jessica Raubenolt 24, and her 21-month-old daughter Lillia, were visiting from Ohio when the crash happened. They were trying to cross Bayshore Boulevard when they were hit. Lillia’s stroller was left mangled.
Three teens accused of street racing are facing serious charges after the deadly crash as their lawyers now prepare for trial.
According to the documents, we’re just learning that Jessica’s husband, David Raubenolt drove by the intersection where the crash happened moments before his family was hit.
In his statement to police, David says he called Jessica to let her know he was going to get food and would meet her and their baby at the house where they were staying.
When David got home, Jessica and the Lillia weren’t there. The report states he saw police down the street and ran to the scene. A bystander took him to the hospital where he learned his wife and daughter were killed. The report states his baby was so badly hurt, doctors couldn’t do anything to save her.
Since that crash in May of last year, safety improvements have been top priority along Bayshore Boulevard. The city lowered the speed limit and installed flashing crosswalks at several key intersections.
Now a crosswalk is being installed at the same intersection where Jessica and Lillia were killed.
Tampa police say brothers Cameron and Tristan Herrin were racing John Barrineau in a Mustang. They’re accused of topping speeds of more than 100 mph in the middle of the afternoon on May 23, 2018.
Cameron Herrin and John Barrineau’s next court dates are set for May 22 at 1:30 p.m. Tristan Herrin’s next court appearance is set for May 28 at 1:30 p.m.
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