A 24-year-old mother was killed by a street racing Ford Mustang whilst pushing her baby in a stroller in Tampa, Florida
The tragedy happened on a 2-mile stretch of Bayshore Boulevard that is four lanes wide, with no crosswalks. There have been numerous attempts of lowering the speed limit to 40 mph have failed.
Jessica Reisinger, aged 24, died soon after being transported to the hospital, while her 21-month-old daughter is still in critical condition. Thankfully, a witness performed chest compressions shortly after the collision, keeping the baby alive until the ambulance arrived.
Here are more information on the topic of street-racing teenagers, according to Tampa Bay Times:
“ Tampa Police said Cameron Coyle Herrin, 18, was driving with his brother, Tristan Christopher Herrin, 20, in a 2018 Ford Mustang. Witnesses told police he was traveling fast, racing a gold Nissan driven by John Alexander Barrineu, 18. Police say at times the cars were side by side, and at other times, they switched places and lanes.
Police arrested Cameron Herrin, Tristan Herrin and Barrineu. Cameron Herrin and Barrineu were charged with street racing, vehicular homicide and reckless driving resulting in serious bodily injury. Tristan Herrin faces one charge of street racing. He was a passenger in the car.”
After the death of a jogger on the stretch of road back in 2004, pedestrian safety projects including upgraded signals, new signage and the addition of bicycle lanes were successfully completed.
However, a resident of the neighborhood indicated that the speed limit is often ignored.