TAMPA, Fla. – Following a choose’s determination to present a 24-year prison sentence to the defendant in a 2018 crash that killed a mom and her child, strain builds in Tampa to make Bayshore Boulevard safer.
Cameron Herrin, who was 18 on the time of the crash, was allegedly racing with another teen on Bayshore Boulevard when his Ford Mustang mowed down a mother pushing her infant in a stroller throughout the long-lasting downtown roadway.
After the sentencing, the daddy who misplaced his daughter the identical day he turned a widower, David Raubenolt stated it’s time for a change.
“I’m not saying 5 years, 10 years, however I’m hoping that 24 years from now these roads are definitely higher than what they have been Could 23, 2018,” stated Raubenolt.
The sufferer’s household and security advocacy teams say it begins with town.
Following the 2018 crash, town added more crosswalks and stops.
However in January 2020, a drunk driver killed a jogger.
4 months later in April 2020, a speeding motorcyclist crashed into a bicyclist, killing each of them.
Security advocates with Stroll Bike Tampa stated it’s time to chop down visitors.
“I believe that may be completed by including protected bike lanes all the size of Bayshore and periodically closing components of Bayshore whether or not it’s simply the northbound lanes or all the highway to automotive visitors as soon as a month,” stated Emily Hinsdale of Stroll Bike Tampa.
The town of Tampa is at present finding out Bayshore Boulevard to see what’s potential. At a council assembly final September, metropolis officers introduced concepts inside their Vision Zero presentation. One concept removes a lane in every course and one other shifts visitors to different roads.
Officers stated they need public suggestions on learn how to enhance security.
A grandmother who lives close to Bayshore stated additional legislation enforcement helped decelerate drivers, however she’d wish to see extra.
“Extra crosswalks, you’ll be able to go three, 4, 5 blocks and there isn’t one,” stated Cindy McPherson, a Tampa resident. “It really is great to have the crossing proper right here. We’re so blessed to have the ability to hit the button and should positive folks cease.”
There’s no date for when town will end its examine. However residents hope adjustments come sooner to forestall one other dying.
“Excessive speeds trigger deaths. That’s only a reality, and that’s one thing that we have to tackle as a group,” stated Hinsdale.
The town of Tampa is engaged on the Bayshore examine with the Florida Division of Transportation and the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority. The town stated Bayshore is a part of Tampa’s bigger visitors security initiatives, Vision Zero and Tampa Moves.