TAMPA POLICE MAKE ARRESTS IN FATAL HIT AND RUN

05/25/18
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UPDATE: 

TODDLER INJURED IN BAYSHORE BOULEVARD ACCIDENT PASSES AWAY; CRIMINAL CHARGES TO BE UPGRADED

The 21-month-old child who was injured Wednesday when she and her mother were struck by a car that was racing on Bayshore Boulevard has died from her injuries. The child, Lillia Raubenolt, was in a stroller being pushed by her mother. The mother, 24-year-old Jessica Raubenolt, died on Wednesday as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. (She was identified in previous Media Alerts at Jessica Reisinger, which was the name on her driver's license.)

With the death of the toddler, the charges against the drivers of the two cars involved in the accident will be upgraded. Instead of facing a charge of reckless driving resulting in serious bodily injury for the injuries to the toddler, Cameron Herrin and John Barrineau will face an additional charge of vehicular homicide. They already faced a charge of vehicular homicide in the death of the mother, as well as a misdemeanor charge of street racing.

DETAILS: On Wednesday, May 23, at approximately 11:43 a.m., a 2018 black Ford Mustang driven by Cameron Herrin was driving northbound on Bayshore Boulevard. Witnesses said the Mustang was traveling at a high rate of speed and was racing another northbound vehicle. Tristan Herrin was a passenger in the Mustang. The other vehicle engaged in the racing was a 2015 gold Nissan driven by John Barrineau. Witnesses said that at times the cars were side by side, and at other times they switched places and changed lanes. The Mustang driven by Cameron Herrin struck the victims who were crossing Bayshore Boulevard near W Knights Avenue.

Victim Jessica Raubenolt was pushing her daughter, Lillia, in a stroller when they both were struck. The victims were attempting a lawful crossing at a pedestrian ramp at an intersection. Both victims were transported to Tampa General Hospital. Jessica Raubenolt was declared dead at the hospital shortly after the accident. Lillia Raubenolt sustained serious injuries and died the following day.

CHARGES: The drivers of the two cars - Cameron Herrin, 18, and John Barrineau, 17 - face one count of street racing and two counts of vehicular homicide. Tristan Herrin, 20, the passenger in the Mustang, faces a misdemeanor count of street racing. The passenger is being charged under Florida Statute 316.191(2), which says that it is illegal for a driver to engage in racing and that it is also illegal to "Knowingly ride as a passenger in any such race, competition, contest, test, or exhibition."

ARRESTED: Tracy Evereth Wood DOB 7/8/1986; Miriam Marti-Benning DOB 7/2/1974

Details: While members of the community offered multiple tips in the effort to lead to an arrest, it was outstanding investigative work that allowed Tampa Police detectives, working with the Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force, to locate and arrest Tracy Evereth Wood and Miriam Marti-Benning. Both subjects were found in a wooded area near I75 and Wesley Chapel Boulevard in Pasco County. They were arrested without incident.

On March 17, Wood and Marti-Benning fled on foot from the fatal hit and run that took the life of Felix De la Uz. Wood was identified by witnesses as the driver of the vehicle. A check of Wood’s DHSMV records shows that he has never been issued a driver's license. After they fled the scene, Marti-Benning called a friend to pick up both her and Wood and drive them out of the area. Marti-Benning also acquired money so that they could stay in a hotel that night and then they fled to Pasco County where they camped out in the woods. Post-Miranda, Marti-Benning stated that she was told that they killed someone and she still continued to assist the driver with evading law enforcement. She was in possession of the listed vehicle and allowed Wood to drive the vehicle.

Wood has been charged with Hit and Run, with Failure to Remain at a Crash Involving Death and one count of Moving Traffic Violation, Driving Without a License and Causing Death/Serious Injury with a Vehicle. Both charges are felonies. 

Marti-Benning was arrested on the charge of Hit and Run, with Failure to Remain at a Crash Involving Death with the enhancement of Principal in the First Degree, Aiding and Abetting the Commission of a Crime; a felony. 

Both subjects were transported to Hillsborough County Jail.