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TAMPA - Police say street racing led to the deaths of a Ashland County mother and toddler struck by a vehicle while in Tampa, Florida. Three people are facing charges.
The 21-month-old girl was injured Wednesday after being struck while in a stroller along Bayshore Boulevard. The child, Lillia Raubenolt, was being pushed by her mother.
Tampa Police say the mother, 24-year-old Jessica Reisinger and the child were initially sent to the hospital with serious injuries.
Resinger and her daughter live in the Ashland County village of Jeromesville and were visiting Florida at the time.
Police say that 18-year-old Cameron Herrin was driving a black Mustang with 20-year-old Tristan Christopher Herrin in the passenger seat. The two were reportedly engaging in a street race with a Nissan driven by a 17-year-old boy. Witnesses said that at times the cars were side by side, and at other times they switched places and switched lanes.
The Mustang driven by Cameron Herrin ended up striking the victims, who were attempting to lawfully cross the pedestrian ramp at an intersection.
The drivers of the two cars face charges of street racing, vehicular homicide, and reckless driving resulting in serious bodily injury. Tristan Herrin, the passenger in the Mustang, faces one count of racing.
In the state of Florida, it is illegal to knowingly ride as a passenger in an illegal street race, according to Florida Statute 316.191.
Cameron Herrin is being held on a $10,000 bond, Tristan Herrin is being held on a $500 bond. The 17-year-old driver was booked into a juvenile detention center.