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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.

Pedestrian vs. Vehicle

LAKELAND, FL (June 8, 2016) 
LOCATION 400 W Alamo

Lakeland Police responded to a traffic crash involving a pedestrian at approximately 4:00 pm.  Driver, Maikol Herrera-Rodriguez (Age 21 of 4645 Dimbath Road, Lakeland) was driving a Ford pick-up and was stopped at the stop sign in the northbound lane on Old Hwy 37 at Alamo.  Pedestrian, Bessy Troutman (Age 66 of 633 W Remington Road, Lakeland) was walking southbound in the west crosswalk at this intersection.  Herrera-Rodriguez made a left turn into the west crosswalk and struck Ms. Troutman. 

Ms. Troutman was transported to Lakeland Regional Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  Herrera-Rodriguez was issued a citation for failure to yield the roadway to a pedestrian and released at the scene.

 Media inquiries should be directed to 863.860.4178.

Meet the Newest and Nosiest LPD Team Member


Say hello to DYNA, the newest recruit for our Nationally ranked K9 unit. Dyna, however, is very different from the other “boys” on the team. First, she’s a female. Secondly, she is specially trained to detect explosive materials. Her skills will be used to search locations where bomb threats are called in and at large public events. Even at the mature age of two, Dyna still has to prove that she has what it takes to be a member of the elite LPD K9 team. Currently she’s proving her skills under the guidance of Sergeant Aaron Peterman. "So far, she’s doing very well, said Peterman. She’s a very sweet dog with a gifted nose and we hope she has a long career with our unit."

This beautiful Golden Labrador was donated to the department bySoutheastern Guide Dogs. If you haven’t heard of the organization, you need to check them out at This extraordinary group uses the latest in canine development and behavior research to create and nurture partnerships between visually impaired individuals and extraordinary guide dogs. They place more over 100 dogs each year into careers benefitting people with visual impairments, and veterans at NO CHARGE.

Join Our Team - We're Hiring!

Join Our Team - We're Hiring!

If you are a motivated person who is interested in a career in law enforcement, then the Lakeland Police Department is for you. LPD is a CALEA and CFA accredited agency that has a tradition of excellence and is committed to providing exceptional public safety services to our community.


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