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Mother Killed, Toddler Expected to Die After Being Hit by Alleged Street Racer

A 24-year-old woman has died and her 21-month-old child is expected to die after the two were struck in Tampa, Florida by a teen driver suspected of street racing.

Details of the Fatal Pedestrian Accident

According to FOX News, Jessica Reisinger, 24, was walking with a stroller in a marked crosswalk on Bayshore Boulevard when she and her toddler were struck by a black ford Mustang driven by 18-year-old Cameron Herrin.

Reisinger was killed in the crash and, according to an arrest affidavit issued on Wednesday, the toddler, Lillia Raubenolt, is expected to succumb to her injuries. The mother and daughter were visiting Tampa from their home in Ohio.

Police say that Reisinger was making legal use of the crosswalk when the crash occurred. The driver of the Mustang, 18-year-old Cameron Herrin, is believed to have been racing another vehicle at the time of the accident.

Herrin and his brother, 20-year-old Tristan, were arrested along with the driver of a Nissan, identified as 17-year-old John Barrineau. Witnesses describe the two vehicles speeding and weaving between traffic prior to the crash.

Both drivers are charged with street racing, vehicular homicide, and reckless driving resulting in serious bodily injury. Tristan Herrin was also charged with street racing as Florida law considers willing passengers participants in the activity.

National Traffic Accident Statistics

According to the latest available data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 35,485 people were killed in auto accidents in the United States in 2016, marking a 5.6-percent increase from 2015.
  • Of those killed in auto accidents in 2016:
    • 22,639 were occupants of passenger vehicles
    • 5,495 were pedestrians
    • 5,029 were motorcyclists
    • 829 were pedalcyclists
    • 665 were occupants of large trucks
    • 235 were listed as other or unknown
  • Injury estimates for the year have not yet been made available.

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