TAMPA — Tristan Herrin, a passenger in the speeding black Mustang that struck and killed a woman and her young daughter last month as they tried to cross Bayshore Boulevard, renewed his not guilty plea Wednesday to a misdemeanor street racing charge.
Through his attorney Brian Gonzalez, the 20-year-old also waived his right to appear in traffic court.
Investigators say Herrin was in the passenger seat of the Mustang when it reached a speed of 102 mph before its driver, 18-year-old Cameron Herrin, struck Jessica Raubenolt, 24, and her 21-month-old daughter Lillia.
Cameron Herrin and John Barrineau, 17, the driver of the Altima witnesses said was racing with the Mustang, each face two counts of vehicular homicide and street racing. Both are expected in court June 25.
Like Tristan, both have pleaded not guilty.
"Tristan and his family are heartbroken over the devastating effects on a daily basis," Gonzalez told reporters after the arraignment. "It’s a tragic situation. The entire Herrin family is praying for the Reisinger and Raubenolt family on a daily basis. They are devastated."
Gonzalez, who replaced attorney Charles Inman earlier this month, said he has yet to review the evidence and would not comment on specifics of the case. His client is expected to appear in court Aug. 7.
John Reisinger, Raubenolt’s uncle, told the Tampa Bay Times on Tuesday that his feelings "toward these young men haven’t changed."
"We are still praying for these kids and want something good to come out of this,’’ he said. "We’re hoping the city, county or whoever makes and continues to make efforts to make Bayshore safe for pedestrians," he said.