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Police: Driver in fatal Bayshore faces new charge in child’s death

The 18-year-old who was arrested this week after police said he was racing when he fatally struck a young mother pushing her stroller across Bayshore Boulevard was back in jail on Friday night.

Cameron Herrin, 18, was arrested on a second count of vehicular homicide in the death of 21-month-old daughter Lillia Raubenolt.

The toddler died Thursday from her injuries.

Herrin, his brother and another driver were arrested after Wednesday’s deadly incident on Bayshore Boulevard. The mother, 24-year-old Jessica Raubenolt, was pronounced dead soon after the crash.

Tampa police said Cameron Herrin was driving a black 2018 Mustang and locked in a drag race with his friend John Alexander Barrineau, 17, driving a gold Nissan. Riding as a passenger in the Mustang with his brother was Tristan Herrin, 20, according to police.

All three were freed Thursday after posting bail.

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Cameron Herrin will return to the Hillsborough County Courthouse on Saturday morning to make his first appearance on this new charge. His new defense attorney, John Fitzgibbons, who was hired Friday, will be there.

"This is simply an unfathomable tragedy for everyone involved and has been heartbreaking for Cameron and and his family," Fitzgibbons said in an email to the Tampa Bay Times. "From every account Cameron is a very normal kid, a good kid who has never been in trouble, the kind of kid that parents would be proud to have. Cameron and his family are deeply distressed by the thought of the suffering the other family is going through as a result of their loss from this tragedy."

Raubenolt and her husband-to-be, David, were visiting family in Tampa from Jeromesville, Ohio.

Special provisions added to Cameron Herrin’s arrest warrant on Friday prohibit him from further contact with Barrineau. Both teens graduated from Tampa Catholic High School just two days before the fatal crash.

Cameron Herrin will also be required to wear a GPS monitoring ankle bracelet that he must pay for and surrender his passport. He will also be prohibited from operating any motor vehicle until his driving privileges are restored.

And he will be barred from leaving Hillsborough County without permission from a county court, the warrant said.

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