Lakeland, Florida – The Lakeland Police Department is investigating a triple fatality crash on Hwy 98 N. & Plaza Drive. Te accident occurred in the early morning hours of July 10, 2016. Lakeland Police responded to the crash and the investigation indicated that a blue Nissan driven by Christopher L. Stewart (age 22) was traveling North on Hwy 98. An orange Volkswagon driven by Michael J. Marrero (age 26) was traveling South on Hwy 98. At some point, the orange Volkswagon lost control and crossed over into the northbound 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 his passenger, Kathrin R. Pitock (age 22) in the blue Nissan were declared deceased at the scene. Another passenger in the rear seat of Stewart’s vehicle was transported to Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center, but later passed away. This passenger has not yet been positively identified.
Michael J. Marrero, the driver of the Volkswagon, was transported to Lakeland Regional Health for treatment. His condition at this time is unknown.