Judge denies fatal crash suspect’s request to drive to college

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TAMPA, FL (WFLA) – A judge has denied a Tampa teen’s request to drive but allowed him to travel with restrictions. 

Cameron Herrin, 18, appeared in court Saturday wearing an anti-suicide gown.

His attorney, John Fitzgibbons, told News Channel 8 that he did not know why Herrin was placed in the gown.

Herrin was arrested on a second charge of vehicular homicide after a toddler involved in a crash on Wednesday died. 

Officials say 21-month-old Lillia Raubenolt died 24 hours after her mother, Jessica Raubenolt, was killed when she was hit by a car. Both were from Ohio.

The mother was pushing the baby in a stroller trying to cross Bayshore Boulevard. A memorial was held for them at the scene of the crash on Saturday.

Fitzgibbons asked the judge to allow Herrin to drive to college since he just graduated from high school.

“I can’t imagine what you could say to convince me to allow him to drive,” the judge said. 

Fitzgibbons said Herrin was not a flight risk. 

“He’s not going anywhere. There’s no danger to the community. This is a horrible one-time incident,” Fitzgibbons said. 

The judge granted Herrin permission to be taken back and forth from Hillsborough County to Pinellas County to visit friends, but he’s not allowed not to drive. 

Fitzgibbons spoke briefly outside of court and called the case “tragic.”

“Everyone in the community has a broken heart over this. My client Cameron is a nice kid. He’s a good kid and he’s never been in any trouble whatsoever,” Fitzgibbons said. 

Herrin must hand over his passport and has to wear a GPS monitoring device. 

“He just graduated Monday from high school. He is a kid that all parents should be proud to have. We’re going to let the court system work its way here. Cameron and his family are just heartbroken over what the other family is going through,” Fitzgibbons said. 

Tampa police say Herrin was speeding in a Ford Mustang with his brother Tristan Herrin in the passenger seat.

Driving next to them in a Nissan was 17-year-old John Barrineau. Witnesses say the cars were switching lanes. 

State officials asked for Cameron Herrin’s bond to be set at $200,000 but the judge lowered it to $50,000. 

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