TAMPA – Judge Cameron Herrin sentenced Cameron Herrin to 24 years in prison on Thursday night, nearly three years after a young man ran down Bayshore Boulevard and crashed into a mother and daughter, killing both.
The Hillsborough Circuit Judge Christopher Nash’s decision came at the end of a long day of testimony that saw Herrin’s family members and friends join as witnesses to discuss. With his characters prior to the parade of the victim’s family members, both expressing their condolences and anger at The damage done to their lives
“It is impossible that there would be more harm in this case,”; the judge said.
Herrin, 21, widened his eyes as the judge announced his fate. After that, while the deputy sheriff laid his handcuffs on him, his family members began to cry.
When her son called that day in 2018, Cheryl Herrin might hear him crying, she testified that day. He told her he had an accident.
“Mom,” he said, “I killed someone.”
“No, Cameron,” she said. “You misunderstand.”
But she stayed with the phone long enough to drive to the scene. On Bayshore Boulevard, she saw a Ford Mustang, a gift she and her husband gave her son when he graduated from Tampa Catholic High School two days earlier. She saw him kneeling on the grass.
Last year, Herrin pleaded guilty to two vehicular manslaughter in the deaths of Jessica Reisinger-Raubenolt and her 1-year-old daughter Lillia.
“I feel responsible for this accident,” Cheryl Herrin told the judge. “If I can, I will move forward Cameron and I will accept any punishment you may have made.”
Then in the afternoon the victim’s family came.
“They can comfort their children,” said Pamela Reisinger, Jessica’s mother and Lillia of Herrins grandmother Lillia. “They can comfort and hug them. I go to the closet and smell the t-shirt. I went to the picture of the baby and stroked her cheek to comfort her. “
“Do you know how to prepare for a loved one’s deceased birthday?” Brian Raubenolt, Jessica’s brother-in-law and Lillia’s uncle, asked Herrin. How is the dying toddler that ‘I promise I will take care of your father forever’ … You do this to us Cameron. You killed them. ”
Herrin, 18, set out that morning – May 23, 2018, with friend John Barrineau to exercise at a local gym, Tristan.Herrin’s brother Tristan rode in the Mustang passenger seat, Barrineau, 17, drove a golden Nissan separately.
The car stopped at a red light on Gandy Boulevard and then drove north of Bayshore, the driver and other witnesses would later inform police that the pair appeared to be racing. The cars are sometimes parallel as they move between the two lanes.
Reisinger-Raubenolt, 24, who toured Tampa from Ohio, was walking back from Ballast Point Park that morning along an iconic road to a relative’s home. In the stroller, she pushed Lilia. At the intersection of Knights Avenue, she moved across the street. The car approached.
Nissan swerve to avoid the baby mother as she steps out, one witness said. The Mustang moves to avoid the Nissan car and hit the woman and her child.
In court, Assistant Attorney General Aaron Hubbard presented information from the Mustang navigation system, which recorded several speeding incidents in the days before the crash. It recorded one speed of 162 mph on May 18, along Interstate 75 on May 22, the car went to 84 mph, according to Bayshore.
On the 23rd day, the car went 100 miles per hour before the crash. Then slow down sharply Tampa Police detectives testified that the vehicle was moving between 30 and 40 mph at the time of the impact.
Lillia’s widower and father David Raubenolt spoke for an hour about the loss he had endured. He remembered driving to the house where they were staying that day, seeing spare traffic, thinking that something terrible had happened. He began to pray for the stranger.
He talks about his wife She is a woman who loves children and has natural nurturing skills. She is the parent who texts passengers on the plane and apologizes if their child starts to cry. She is a woman who believes in a healthy diet and studied nutrition in college.
He spoke of the way he sweats into his daughter’s room, where the baby’s crib remains untouched. He talks about seeing two of his grandsons play together and paint pictures of his horrible daughter, trying to imagine what toys she will play, what will she sing?
He spoke about the awakening of candlelight and the loss to the community.
“I want you to remember that you made thousands of people cry,” Raubenolt said.
All family members of the victim said they wanted the maximum punishment.
Cheryl Herrin said her family had suffered crying or sipping water in black.
Cameron Herrin’s brother Tristan was with him at the time of the accident. When the couple got out of jail, their father had to sleep near them in an empty bedroom because they were very upset, she said.
“They saw and continued to see the accident over and over,” she said. They have anxiety attacks and panic attacks. “
Cameron Herrin lost weight and couldn’t sleep, said his mother. He asked a therapist for help.
The tragedy that fascinated Tampa in a way that local crime seldom ever fought. It takes place on a long road that is considered a symbol of the city.
Bayshore – with a million-dollar mansions and high-rise condominiums set across from a grassy median with trees and 4.5 miles of footpaths and balustrades that embrace Hillsborough Bay – unlike any other road. Tampa is both a busy thoroughfare between South Tampa and downtown, and is a popular spot for walkers, joggers, cyclists and skaters.