Deputies investigating double fatal crash in Lakeland

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LAKELAND, Fla. (WFLA) – Polk County deputies are currently investigating a double fatal crash in East Lakeland.

Around 4:30 p.m., deputies say the crash happened on E. Main Street near Reynolds Road.

According to deputies, it was a head-on crash of two cars, with one heading eastbound and the other westbound.

64-year-old Delbert Kendall was driving a blue Ford Focus eastbound on E. Main Street when for unknown reasons, the Focus crossed the center line into the path of a westbound tan Subaru Forester being driven by 40-year-old Case Hurst. Both drivers died at the scene.

No other cars were involved in the crash.

The road was closed for about four hours during the investigation.

For longtime Lakeland resident, Joanne Beaumont, State Road 542 is part of her daily commute. She told 8 On Your Side this road has always been a dangerous one. Beaumont says she’s heartbroken over what happened.

“I thought it was somebody I knew, you know I was so afraid it was somebody I knew. You know, it’s tragic because you knew it was bad,” she said. “It’s sad, it really is.”

She said she often worries about her safety and the safety of others.

“It’s just a long straight stretch, so I’ve caught myself, I come home on this, I’ve caught myself going a little too fast. It’s just two lanes,” Beaumont told us. “I worry about people, drivers going too fast. I feel bad for the families tonight.”

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