TAMPA – Jessica Raubenolt has confiscated the sunshine and the blue skies at noon on Wednesday to accompany her daughter to the pram on picturesque Bayshore Boulevard. When the family came from Ohio, she had been cursed by rain all week.
At the same time, Cameron Herrin and John Alexander Barrineau hit the gas, witnesses said, as they raced north to Bayshore youth living less than a mile away. Both graduated just two days earlier at Tampa Catholic High School.
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A witness heard the distinctive roar from the Mustang's engine shortly before the crash. Another saw Raubenolt thrown in the air. The mother was soon declared dead at the Tampa hospital. Her daughter Lillia died on Thursday.
Raubenolt legally crossed the intersection, police said.
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Thursday, her uncle, John Reisinger, offered the blame to the people responsible for the death of his niece and daughter were words of forgiveness. He spoke with the Tampa Bay Times before the police announced that Lillia had died.
"We pray for these boys and their families," said Reisinger, 62, who lives a quarter mile from the scene of the accident. "We hope something good will come from this stupid accident, that's what Jessie would want."
At the same time Reisinger mourns the loss of his family. Raubenolt was a devoted mother, wife, and niece who married two years ago after meeting her future husband David while studying at Kent State University. Raubenolt, a health and fitness lawyer, was in Florida with her family, and David was certified as a single-engine aircraft pilot in Pompano Beach.
The bad weather that Raubenolt was waiting for delayed her husband's certification. The family planned to return home in a week.
"It has shaped this world," Reisinger said, "that her death will not diminish, the biggest tragedy is that more people do not know her."  The two teenage drivers and Herrrin's older brother, a passenger in his car, were taken into custody at the scene. Cameron Herrin, 18, and Barrineau, 17, face double homicides and road races. They were released from the county jail on Thursday after each 10,000 dollar bail. Tristan Mistress, 20, charged with an offense, was released the same day after depositing a $ 500 bail.
The mistress's address became the home of her parents, Chris and Cheryl Mistress, at Gardner Court just south of the scene. The Mistresses paid $ 1.4 million for the house in 2005. Cheryl Mistress was Vice President for State Farm Florida and is a former member of the Board of Governors of the Civil Insurance. Chris Herrin works as a videographer / editor, says his account on the online LinkedIn business network.
Barrineau's address is just the street from where Raubenolt's uncle lives. Barrineau also works as a part-time bus boy at Tampa Yacht & Country Club nearby.
According to a Florida Department of Law Enforcement search, none of the three has a Florida criminal record. They could not be reached for comment.
The Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg confirmed Thursday that the three youngest graduates of Tampa Catholic High School are – Cameron Mistress and Barrineau on Monday and Tristan Mistress in 2016.
In a statement, the diocese said that she prays for the victims.
"Our prayers and hearts go out to the young mother who died … and all are affected by this tragic loss of life," said Teresa Peterson, executive director of communications for the diocese, before the death of the child was announced ,
Witnesses who strolled and drove along Bayshore police said they were running a black Mustang and a Golden Nissan report arrests. The police said Barrineau drove the Nissan. A pedestrian described the sound of an engine turning and turned to see the two Mustang cars drive north. The vehicles changed lanes to avoid slower traffic, the witness said. Soon after, the witness heard an accident.
After a while, David Raubenolt began to wonder where his wife and daughter were, so he went to Bayshore to look for them, Tampa police spokesman Steve Hegarty said. He came across the scene and the damaged pram after they were taken to the hospital.
Those who knew Jessica Raubenolt spoke of their passion for heath, movement and gardening.
In high school she developed a garden as she Girl Scout Gold Award Project, said Reisinger, her uncle. The garden is still flourishing.
"Everyone who knew Jessica knew it was full of life," said Greta Siler, 55, Food 4 Thought Manager in Jeromesville, Ohio, where Raubenolt worked for about three years. "If you knew her, you'd be a better person after that moment."
Raubolt worked to connect people to healthy food and the power of growth and harvest, said Siler. They last saw each other two years ago, around the time Raubenolt graduated from college.
"David and Jessica were a sweet, loving couple, full of life and promises," said Siler. "She told me how excited she was, she was engaged, she had her whole life ahead of her."
The Robbers lived on a farm in Jeromesville, surrounded by a patchwork of plowed fields and pastures. David Raubenolt's grandmother Lillian Raubenolt, for whom her new daughter was named, lives nearby. She said Thursday that she could see the lights of the house leaving the couple before going to Tampa.
"Every time I turned on the light, I knew they were there," said Lillian Raubenolt. "But they are not, it all seems like a fairytale that ended so fast."
Times senior researcher John Martin and staff writer Sue Carlton, Anastasia Dawson, Paul Guzzo and Will Kennedy have contributed to this report. Contact Tim Fanning at [email protected] Follow @timothyjfanning.