'These people took three family members from us'

- To Donna Collogan, no matter what the age, Christopher Stewart would always be her little boy. But overnight Saturday, a car accident robbed her of her only son.

"I lost my son; my daughters have lost their brother. He had nieces and nephews as well that are young, so they'll never know their uncle," Collogan said Monday.

Investigators say Christopher and his girlfriend, Katie Pitock, were traveling north on Highway 98 North in Lakeland when another car, traveling southbound, lost control and hit them head-on. Both Chris and Katie died at the scene.

In the back seat of Chris's car was their best friend, Brittany Lewis. She was rushed to the hospital, but didn't survive.

"We loved them all. They were all family. So these people took three family members from us," Collogan said.

Lakeland police believe the crash could have been prevented. They believe Michael Marrero lost control of his car because he was speeding.

"I feel like people are busy with their lives and they don't care about anyone else, just as long as they get where they're trying to get," Chris's sister, Britney Collogan said. 

Marrero is still in the hospital in stable condition. As Stewart's family makes funeral arrangements, they're begging the public to slow down and possibly save a life.

"Whether you're driving, boating, whatever...please be cautious of what you're doing. You can take someone's life. You can ruin someone's world," Donna Collogan said.

Lakeland police say charges are pending over Marrero's involvement in the accident.

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