Lakeland Police Investigate Triple Traffic Fatality
UPDATE: July 10, 2016, 11:00 AM.
The rear passenger of the blue Nissan has been identified as Brittany Lewis, age 25, of 1146 S. Nokomis Avenue, Lakeland, FL. Ms. Lewis died as a result of injuries sustained in the collision at Lakeland Regional Hospital at approximately 1:31 am on July 10, 2016. Next of kin has been notified.
Driver of the other vehicle, Michael J. Marrero is reported to be in stable condition at this time.
Investigators have stated that speed was a factor of this crash. At this time Marrero has charges pending the completion of this investigation.
DATE: JULY 9, 2016
LOCATION: Near the Intersection of Hwy 98 N & Plaza Drive
Lakeland Police responded to a traffic crash at approximately 11:36 pm near the intersection of Hwy 98 North and Plaza Drive. The investigation indicated that a blue Nissan driven by Christopher L. Stewart (515 Bon Air Street, #146, age 22) was traveling north on N. Rd. 98. An orange Volkswagon driven by Michael J. Marrero (5133 Rollinglen Loop E, Lakeland, age 26) was traveling south on N. Rd. 98. At some point, the orange Volkswagon lost control and crossed over into the north bound lanes and struck the front of the blue Nissan. The Nissan ran off the roadway to the right and rolled over. The Volkswagon came to final rest facing south in the north bound lanes. Both the driver, Christopher Stewart, and the passenger, Kathrin R. Pitock (515 Bon Air Street, #157, age 22) in the blue Nissan were declared deceased on scene.
The rear passenger of the Nissan later expired at Lakeland Regional Hospital at 0131hrs. This passenger has not yet been positively identified.
Next of kin of Christopher Stewart and Kathrin Pitock has been notified. This release will be updated when the name of the third passenger of the Nissan has been identified and next of kin notified.
Michael J. Marrero, the driver of the Volkswagon, was transported to Lakeland Regional Hospital for treatment. His condition at this time is unknown.
Media inquiries should be directed to 863.860.4178.